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Functional responsibility

TAFE SA is established pursuant to the TAFE SA Act 2012 and is a statutory corporation to which the provisions of the Public Corporations Act 1993 (other than section 35) apply.

The TAFE SA Board is responsible to the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills.

TAFE SA’s main function is to provide technical and further education. Details of TAFE SA’s objectives are contained in note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Total expenses: $336 million
Net cost of providing services: $4 million
Total income from the Department of State Development (DSD): $232 million
Number of FTEs (excluding casuals): 2295.5
Number of resulted units of competency delivered: 380 296*

*Data provided by TAFE SA and unaudited.

Significant events and transactions
  • 80 IT services staff transferred from DSD to TAFE SA in September 2014, to establish an internal technology services capacity within TAFE SA.
  • DSD provided structural adjustment funding totalling $44 million to TAFE SA, in addition to funding provided under the Skills for All program and other grants.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Inadequate controls over user access to, and changes made in, the Student Information System
  • Review or approval of key payroll documents did not occur on a timely basis
  • Purchase orders were not used in all instances where they were required and purchase cards were used for purposes not allowed by TAFE SA procedures
  • Inadequate controls for the Building and Construction Unit inventory at Tonsley Park
  • No policies covering Skills for All revenue reconciliation processes
  • Control issues over fee-for-service revenue raisings
  • No comprehensive legal compliance program