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Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $135.5 million
Total appropriation: $156.1 million
Employee benefits expenses: $160.6 million
Property, plant and equipment: $574 million
Number of FTEs: 1609.8

Significant events and transactions
  • Land revaluation resulted in an adjustment of $48.9 million.
  • A $22.1 million lease incentive was recognised for DEWNR’s new CBD accommodation.
  • The Save the River Murray levy was abolished on 1 July 2015.
  • A $553.9 million adjustment for unallotted Crown land not previously recognised was made in the Statement of Administered Financial Position.
  • There was a $27.6 million movement in joint operation assets in the Statement of Administered Financial Position.

Financial statement opinion

An emphasis of matter was included in the financial report opinion relating to the $553.9 million unallotted Crown land error correction in the administered financial statements.

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • A large number of old reconciling items on the bank reconciliation
  • Financial authorisation limits approved in January 2016 were not input in the Basware system until May 2016
  • Quarterly reviews of Basware user access and financial authorisation limits not completed since November 2015
  • A large number of incomplete and unapproved TimeWise attendance records
  • Reconciliation of TimeWise leave transactions with CHRIS payroll system leave records not performed for some branches and regions since July 2013