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South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

Functional responsibility

The Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 provides for the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) as a body corporate and also establishes the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM). The SAMFS and SAFECOM are responsible to the Minister for Emergency Services.

The SAMFS is the primary provider of structural firefighting services to the State of South Australia.

SAFECOM provides various corporate services in support of the SAMFS’s primary functions. The operations of the SAMFS are financed by the Community Emergency Services Fund (the Fund), established by the Emergency Services Funding Act 1998.

For more information about the SAMFS’s objectives refer note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $129.1 million
Total contributions from the Fund: $123.8 million
Number of FTEs: 934.9
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $37.3 million
Workers compensation liability: $9.5 million

Significant events and transactions
  • New building works for the new Salisbury Fire Station of $6 million in addition to the $1.3 million spent in 2013-14.
  • Current liabilities, $24.6 million (mainly employee entitlements due over 12 months), exceeded current assets, $7.3 million, at 30 June 2015.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Instances of asset creation/upgrade forms not being completed or independently reviewed
  • No independent oversight of annual asset stocktake
  • Instances where there was no evidence approval of parade statements
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard