Our Annual Reports demonstrate the great scope of activities undertaken by the department in support of the government’s strategic priorities and key policy initiatives, while meeting our financial reporting requirements.

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DPC Annual Report 2015-16

In 2015-16, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) continued its strong focus on budget discipline with the department performing to budget, delivering more than $6 million in savings and finding the means within its own resources to fund key government initiatives.

The department’s achievements for 2015-16 are reported under three critical areas:

  • positioning South Australia to be a better partner with business, other governments and internationally
  • a modern public service
  • citizen and business-centric services.

Download the DPC Annual Report for 2015-16.

Report highlights

On an international level we:

  • supported a China mission which delivered more than 120 export leads valued in excess of $42.4 million, 52 new investment leads with an estimated value of $20 million and the signing of 32 Memoranda of Understanding
  • strengthened ties with global economic partners by supporting the establishment of the first Chinese bilingual school in South Australia, the Chinese Consulate-General in Adelaide, and the Bank of China, being the first Chinese bank to open in the state
  • supported two South East Asia missions which delivered new wine and horticulture export sales and leads, a significant agribusiness partnership in Thailand, an agricultural training and technology partnership in Vietnam, and 11 cooperative agreements or initiatives in vocational and higher education.

On a national level we led negotiations with the Commonwealth Government to:

  • secure $187 million in additional Commonwealth public hospital funding ahead of negotiating longer term funding arrangements
  • reach agreement on arrangements for the transition to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme, which will benefit around 32,000 people with disability, their families and carers in South Australia.

Within South Australia we:

  • negotiated land tenure arrangements for $460 million of development within the health and medical precinct in the Adelaide CBD
  • led work to ensure better sharing of data across government, including the establishment of a Chief Data Officers network and the drafting of supporting legislation to go to Parliament in early 2016-17
  • led work across government to develop South Australia’s first social impact bond, and negotiated with the Hutt Street Centre to fine-tune the model for a new service designed to address homelessness for 400 South Australians.

The department led the Premier’s digital by default priority across agencies to support modern, flexible work practices, develop new services and approaches to service delivery, and create efficiency and productivity gains.

A major achievement was the progressive rollout of a common payroll system across the public sector. Of the 30 legacy databases, 40% have now been successfully migrated to the new system which manages the payment of approximately 25,000 employees across 24 agencies each fortnight. All major pay cycle groups have been aligned to the same pay fortnight and/or pay day. The project to date has streamlined multiple processes and reduced the number of paper-based transactions by approximately 250,000 per annum.

The Office for the Public Sector led reforms and influenced modern public service initiatives across government, including:

  • 15 days Special Leave with Pay for Domestic/Family Violence Leave (in addition to existing leave entitlements) was implemented across the public sector and will be included in the Commissioner’s Determination on Leave from 1 July 2016. This positions South Australia as a strong social leader and reinforces the government’s public commitment to the prevention of domestic violence.

Major contributions to workforce diversity and championing inclusive workplaces were featured during 2015-16, including:

  • the representation of Indigenous employees has significantly increased from 1.1% of headcount at 30 June 2015, and now makes up 4% of the department’s full time equivalent (FTE) count
  • DPC supported strategies for inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) employees through the development of a whole of government online training course, which will also support inclusive service delivery
  • the department was accredited as a White Ribbon workplace and cited as a “pioneer in contributing to national cultural change to prevent and respond to violence against women”- significant work included training employees in violence prevention and responding to disclosures, and a review of workplace policies and procedures that support victims of domestic violence, which had across-government impact.

Significant progress included upgrading the YourSAy website to host all major government engagements. YourSAy now has more than 51,000 registered users, equivalent to 4.6% of enrolled voters in South Australia. Since 2010, these users have had the opportunity to influence more than 200 government decisions and allocate $2.5 million in public funds to improve their communities.

In 2015-16 Fund My Community engaged 2,447 people in allocating $1 million to improve the wellbeing of isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians, bringing the total number of participants in this program to more than 4,000 people. Run in conjunction with Country Cabinet meetings, $150,000 was allocated by the community through the Fund My Idea program.

As the government’s central point of contact for citizens and business, Service SA continued to provide public value through modern service choices:

  • 97% of vehicle registration and licensing transactions (by volume) are now available online through the Service SA network
  • Service SA completed more than 11.8 million transactions during 2015-16 with anoverall customer satisfaction rating of 94%.

The department led work across government to drive more online services for business and citizens and modernise service delivery, as part of the digital by default priority. This included working with more than 20 agencies to develop citizen-centric digital strategies and plans, which detail more than 100 digital service transformations and business improvement initiatives.


DPC maintains a central register of boards and committees, known as the Boards and Committees Information System (BCIS). Membership and remuneration data from BCIS is tabled in Parliament each year in the form of an annual report. These Annual Reports can be found on the Boards and Committees page.


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