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South Australia Police

Functional responsibility

South Australia Police (SAPOL) is an administrative unit established under the Public Sector Act 2009 and operates under a legislative framework prescribed by the Police Act 1998. SAPOL is responsible to the Minister for Police.

The functions of SAPOL are to:

  • uphold the law
  • preserve the peace
  • prevent crime
  • assist the public in emergency situations
  • coordinate and manage responses to emergencies
  • regulate road use and prevent vehicle collisions.

Financial statistics
Employee benefits expense: $658 million
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $282 million
Workers compensation liability: $84 million
Net cost of providing services: $780 million
Total revenues from SA Government: $795 million
Number of active FTEs:  
   Police Act 1998 employees 4588
   Protective Security 124
   Unsworn employees 949
      Total 5661
Administered items:  
   Revenue from expiation fees: $74 million
   Revenue from Victims of Crime levy: $13 million

Significant events and transactions

Stage 1 of the Shield Business Transformation Program was completed in July 2014, with work continuing on Stage 2 of the program. Total program costs incurred to date amounted to $18 million out of a total estimated program cost of $58 million.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Unmodified or Modified
Key issues:
  • Approval, recording, monitoring and reporting of staff leave
  • Review of expiation revenue reports, transactions and system access
  • Cash receipting procedures and system access
  • Expenditure authorisation, bank account user access and disbursement limits
  • Purchase card cancellations, purchase restrictions and transaction verification.