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Financial statistics
Total expenses: $331 million
Net revenue from providing services: $4 million
Total income from the Department of State Development (DSD): $234 million
Number of FTEs (excluding casuals): 2060*
Number of training hours funded by DSD: 9.5 million*
Total training hours: 17.3 million*

*Data provided by TAFE SA and unaudited.

Significant events and transactions
  • TAFE SA started planning for 2016-17 service changes including further online delivery and mobile lecture services.
  • TAFE SA moved from multiple funding agreements with DSD to a single memorandum of administrative arrangement for non commercial services, including funding for community service obligations. DSD provided $212 million to TAFE SA as core funding, of which $144 million was for VET subsidies.
  • 70 staff took targeted voluntary separation packages in 2015-16, bringing the total over four years to 532.
  • 191 staff transferred into TAFE SA from DSD over the past three years. Recharges previously paid for services to DSD have now ceased.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Review or approval of key payroll documents was not prompt
  • Purchase orders were not used in some instances where they were required
  • Purchase cards were used for purposes not allowed by TAFE SA policy in some cases
  • No system restriction to enforce appropriate segregation of duties for invoices and credit notes