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South Australian State Emergency Service

Functional responsibility

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

The primary function of the SASES is to provide emergency services to the State of South Australia and work towards a safe and prepared community.

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

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

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $12.5 million
Total contributions from the Fund: $14.8 million
Number of FTEs: 43.7
Number of volunteers: 1668
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $1.5 million
Workers compensation liability: $521 000

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Unmodified or Modified
Key issues:
  • 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