DTF is the lead agency for economic, social and financial policy outcomes, where we play a vital role in providing economic and fiscal policy advice to the government of South Australia.
Our people conduct research, analyse information, give advice, contribute to government policy and decision making and support the Treasurer in producing the State Budget. Our people also provide corporate and business services in the areas of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Financial Services so that all South Australian government departments can focus on their core business operations.
As an organisation we contribute to South Australia by providing financial services to the community, covering asset and liability management, collection of state taxes, insurance and superannuation as well as services for work health and safety and state-based industrial relations services across South Australia.
DTF has over 1700 employees and 49 of those employees identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. DTF currently has a number of office locations throughout the Adelaide CBD and regional
South Australia and our organisation’s geographical reach is state-focused.
Budget and Performance
Budget and Performance Branch is responsible for the following functions:
- Provision of advice on agency budgetary and financial issues.
- Management of the state budget process and mid-year budget review.
- Provision of advice on revenue forecasts and revenue policy issues.
- Provision of advice on intergovernmental relations
- Analysis of the performance of government programs and projects.
- Provision of fiscal and policy advice on a range of government programs and projects, including proposed new initiatives and government reform initiatives.
- Monitoring financial performance of government agencies.
- Provision of advice on the Government’s fiscal strategy.
- Coordination of advice to rating agencies.
Commercial and Economics
The functions of the Commercial and Economics Branch include:
- Realising the value of selected state assets and services to strengthen the state’s balance sheet, improve service delivery and net operating position, and manage exposure to current and future risks.
- Leading the implementation of social impact bonds and other innovative finance mechanisms to strengthen the focus on service delivery outcomes
- Economic analysis of policy proposals, economic monitoring briefs, and forecasting to support the state budget
- Assessment of unsolicited proposals made to the government for the delivery of services, provision of infrastructure, access to government assets or requests for support to undertake an activity
- Leading the delivery, in close collaboration with the Department for Education, of the public-private partnerships to develop new birth to Year 12 school in Northern and Southern Adelaide (the Munno Para and Aldinga/Sellicks regions)
Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance supports the recovery of people injured in motor vehicle accidents and protects motor vehicle owners against the financial impact of causing personal injury to other road users.
Since 1 July 2019, motorists have actively chosen their CTP Insurer based on a number of factors including brand, service, price, and approved incentives.
The CTP Regulator is an independent Statutory Authority established under the Compulsory Third Party Insurance Regulation Act 2016.
The Regulator’s vision is to deliver a high-performing competitive CTP Scheme that offers choice, ease and confidence to the South Australian community.
The Regulator’s role includes:
- monitoring performance of CTP insurers
- determining fair and reasonable premiums
- providing information to consumers
- making, monitoring and reviewing rules for CTP Insurers.
For further information, contact the Regulator on 1300 303 558 or visit www.ctp.sa.gov.au.
Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit
The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit manages new and overdue fines and debts issued by agencies across South Australia.
This includes but is not limited to the recovery of:
- parking and traffic fines
- court fines
- state debt owed to government agencies
- victims of crime and criminal injury compensation amounts.
Our office does not issue fines or state debt invoices, but provides a service to various South Australian agencies in the recovery and enforcement of debts owed to them, including fines and state debts. This includes the police, government agencies, statutory authorities and councils.
The Government Services branch includes Shared Services SA (SSSA) and Work Injury Services.
SSSA delivers corporate and business services for South Australian Government departments in the areas of payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, taxation services and financial accounting. You can learn more about SSSA on their website (external link).
The Work Injury Services team assists agencies manage workers’ compensation claims. Services include claims management, return to work, reporting, internal auditing and training for agencies.
Industrial Relations and Policy
The Industrial Relations and Policy Branch works with Chief Executives and agencies to support service delivery, reasonable terms and conditions of employment; and meet Government policy objectives.
Our team manages industrial relations in the public sector within Government policies and provide technical advice on key industrial matters across the public sector.
The aim of the team is to achieve fair, equitable and productive workplaces. They develop and interpret industrial relations terms and conditions of employment, and provide expert advice to ministers and chief executives.
The team is dedicated in building industrial relations knowledge and skills across the public sector and represents the employer in the South Australian Employment Tribunal in: disputes, monetary claims and associated matters across the sector.
The Industrial Relations and Policy Branch gives effect to the Government’s salaries and wages policy by ensuring that enterprise bargaining (external link) outcomes are consistent with budget and related policy statements. The team represents the public sector employer (Chief Executive DTF) in enterprise bargaining negotiations for major employment groups and agencies, and provides governance and support for other enterprise bargaining within the public sector.
Some of the information provided in the industrial relations section (external link) of the DTF public website may be legal or technical in nature to preserve the intent of the relevant piece of information. If you need further explanation about any of the documents or information available on the public website, please contact the Human Resources area in your agency.
Lifetime Support Authority (LSA )
Lifetime Support Authority is responsible for the following functions:
- Provides treatment, care and support for people who have sustained serious, lifelong disabilities in a motor vehicle accident in South Australia regardless of fault, through the Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS).
- Information about the LSA can be found at lifetimesupport.sa.gov.au
Procurement Services SA
Procurement Services SA’s key functions include:
- Setting the strategic direction for procurement across government;
- Developing and maintaining a framework for the procurement operations of agencies, including policies and guidelines;
- Providing advice to the Treasurer and Chief Executive on any matters relevant to the procurement operations of agencies;
- Investigating and reviewing the procurement performance of agencies and their compliance with policies and guidelines;
- Supporting the development and delivery of training and professional development activities for public sector procurement practitioners;
- Providing procurement advice and support to agencies with limited internal procurement capability
- Engaging with industry, in conjunction with the Office of the Industry Advocate, to reduce the complexity and costs to business of tendering for government work and maximising the opportunity for local business participation; and
- Undertaking data analytics to measure and benchmark agency procurement performance and identifying opportunities for additional value to be obtained
To complement the roles and functions of PSSA, new governance arrangements are being established, including:
- A Procurement Review Committee, comprising a small number of senior public servants, whose focus will be to review that appropriate procurement processes are being undertaken for high-risk acquisitions; and/or high-value acquisitions, where requested by an agency, Minister or Cabinet; and
- An Industry Advisory Committee to improve engagement with business and identify ongoing opportunities to reduce the complexity and costs of tendering for government work. The Industry Advisory Committee will be comprised of representatives from various industry sector bodies, including Not-for-Profit, ICT and construction.
You can learn more about PSSA on their website (external link).
RevenueSA collects South Australia’s state tax revenue and administers various grant schemes, including:
State tax revenue
- Betting operations tax
- Emergency services levy (fixed property)
- Land tax
- Payroll tax
- Stamp duty
- First home owner grant
- Job accelerator grant
The revenue collected (apart from the emergency services levy, which specifically funds the provision of emergency services), is used by the Government to fund the provision of essential services including public health and safety, education and law and order for South Australian citizens.
Learn more about our RevenueSA by visiting www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au
Safework SA is responsible for the following functions:
- Responsible for providing work health and safety, public safety and state-based industrial relations services across South Australia.
- As a regulator, manages the state’s work health and safety functions as well as administering state industrial relations laws.
- Health and safety inspectors, who investigate workplace incidents.
- Work health and safety advisors, who are available to help educate you on your rights and responsibilities.
- More information about SafeWork SA can be found at www.safework.sa.gov.au
South Australian Government Financing Authority (SAFA) and Accounting Services
SAFA functions as the central financing authority, captive insurer and manager of the passenger and light commercial vehicle fleet operations for the Government of South Australia.
It plays an integral role in the overall management of the State’s finances and risks, harnessing economies of scale and relevant expertise to provide a range of treasury, insurance and fleet services to public sector clients. SAFA’s current Strategic and Business Plan sets the organisation’s strategic direction and guides daily operations.
Treasury services provided by SAFA include raising funds from domestic and international financial markets and on-lending the proceeds to clients, as well as providing clients with investment, portfolio management and financial and risk advisory services.
Insurance services are provided to clients through SAFA’s insurance division which uses the trading name SAICORP. Insurance services include the provision of across government catastrophe reinsurance, claims management, insurance cover and building indemnity insurance.
Vehicle fleet services are provided to clients through SAFA’s fleet division which uses the trading name Fleet SA. Services provided by Fleet SA include policy advice, vehicle leasing and disposal, short-term hire, and accident management.
In addition to these roles, SAFA is also responsible for corporate governance, transaction management and support services for the electricity entities; administration on behalf of the Treasurer and the Minister for Finance of contracts associated with a number of industry assistance schemes; and administration on behalf of the Treasurer for the State’s Public Private Partnership program.
The Accounting Services Branch provides an advisory function to public authorities on:
- budget impact assessment
- financial reporting
- financial management and
It also has a financial reporting and management policy function that supports the development and improvement of instructions under the Public Finance and Audit Act.
The Accounting Services Branch has a professional development function to public authorities, including Graduate Development (both within DTF and for whole of Government), technical training, the preparation of guidance and support materials published through DTF Extra.
The Branch supports whole of Government budgeting and financial reporting. It provides a whole of Government reporting function that provides decision makers with high quality financial information and meets reporting and budget obligations under:
- Public Finance and Audit Act
- Australian Accounting Standards
- Government Financial Statistics.
Super SA are responsible for the following funtions:
- Management of public sector superannuation schemes.
- Provision of advice on superannuation policy.
Information about Super SA can found at www.supersa.sa.gov.au