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South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission

Functional responsibility

The South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) was established by the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005. SAFECOM and its Board are responsible to the Minister for Emergency Services.

SAFECOM is responsible for corporate services across the emergency services sector. SAFECOM supports and allocates sector resources and has a leadership role in state wide emergency management.

SAFECOM administers the Community Emergency Services Fund (the Fund), the main source of funding for all emergency services sector agencies.

Financial statistics
Consolidated net cost of providing services: $225 million
Total consolidated contributions from the Fund: $224 million
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $47.8 million
Workers compensation liability: $13.7 million
Number of FTEs (SAFECOM consolidated): 1189.6

Significant events and transactions

In 2014-15 the State Government removed general Emergency Services levies remissions for all property owners, except eligible concession recipients. As a result property owners are required to pay their full levy from 1 July 2014.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Some policies and procedures not finalised
  • SAFECOM charter not yet made available to the public
  • Several instances where there was no evidence of approval of bona fides and parade statements
  • Instances of asset creation/upgrade forms not being completed or independently reviewed
  • No independent oversight of annual asset stocktake
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard