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)

CTP Regulator

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.

Government Services

The Government Services branch includes Shared Services SA (SSSA); Procurement (including the office of the Chief Procurement Officer) and managing the End User Computing (EUC) program; and Work Injury Services.

SSSA delivers corporate and business services for South Australian Government departments in the areas of payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial services. You can learn more about SSSA here.

The Procurement team are responsible for the core processes for South Australian Government procurement activity, managing an annual spend of approximately $1billion and providing secretariat support for the State Procurement Board’s policies, systems and governance.

The EUC team manages the program delivery and leads the contracting out of the supply and support of the computer hardware devices used by South Australian Government agencies.

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


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

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.

Accounting Services

The Accounting Services Branch provides an advisory function to public authorities on:

  • accounting
  • budget impact assessment
  • financial reporting
  • financial management and
  • taxation

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

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