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South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS)

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $146 million
Total contributions from the Community Emergency Services Fund: $136 million
Number of FTEs: 949
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $37 million
Workers compensation liability: $17 million

Significant events and transactions
  • The new Salisbury Command Station opened. It has the capability to assist in large scale fires and emergencies.
  • Three full-time metropolitan firefighter recruitment courses finished, with 54 new firefighters appointed.

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