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Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)

Financial statistics
Net assets: $3724 million
Net cost of providing services: $2658 million
Total revenues from SA Government: $2682 million
Total comprehensive result: $5 million
Number of FTEs: 24 112
Number of school and pre-school sites: 921

Significant events and transactions
  • On 21 June 2016 the SA Government accepted an interim recommendation of the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission that a separate department be established with child protection as its primary focus.
  • In August 2015 Cabinet approved DECD commencing a procurement process for a replacement education management system.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Ineffective review of key payroll reports
  • Control weaknesses for Families SA expenditure regarding carer registration, commercial care payments and care and protection grant payments
  • Weaknesses in managing staff with excessive annual leave balances
  • No robust legal compliance framework
  • Controls for minor works and maintenance expenditure did not ensure all charges were valid or accurate
  • Non-compliance with purchase card policies