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South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES)

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $15 million
Total contributions from the Community Emergency Services Fund: $16 million
Number of FTEs: 51
Number of volunteers: 1587
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $1.8 million
Workers compensation liability: $329 000

Significant events and transactions

The SASES responded to around 7500 incidents including several severe storms, heatwaves, coastal inundation, rescues and operational support for the Pinery fires and other emergencies.

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 workers compensation:
    • 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