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South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM)

Financial statistics
Consolidated net cost of providing services: $248 million
Total consolidated contributions from the Community Emergency Services Fund: $238 million
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $49 million
Workers compensation liability: $23 million
Number of FTEs (SAFECOM consolidated): 1217

Significant events and transactions

SAFECOM implemented a new financial reporting system for the emergency services sector.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Controls over workers compensation:
    • no reconciliation between the workers compensation 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