Auditor-General's Department South Australia Logo

South Australian Country Fire Service (SACFS)

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $72 million
Total contributions from the Community Emergency Services Fund: $74 million
Number of FTEs: 147
Number of volunteers: 13 928
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $6 million
Workers compensation liability: $5 million

Significant events and transactions
  • The SACFS responded to the Pinery fires in November 2015.
  • Support was provided for major fires in Tasmania and Western Australia.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Controls over workers compensation:
    • no reconciliation between the workers compensation system and payroll systems
    • controls over the management of workers on income maintenance need strengthening
    • no review of income maintenance calculations before payment
    • no documentation kept of the annual review of claims
  • Controls over vehicle management:
    • vehicle management policies and procedures are not comprehensive
    • no single vehicle management system used by all emergency services organisations
    • no strategic asset management plans
    • limited documentation of the information used to support annual capital plan decisions