Risk and performance at a glance
The department’s Risk and Performance function:
- provides objective assurance and consulting activities to advance the department’s ability to achieve its strategic objectives
- assists the Chief Executive and department in the effective discharge of responsibilities relating to risk management, governance and internal control
- provides support to the Risk and Performance Committee (committee), one of the key governance committees supporting the Chief Executive.
The Risk and Performance function operates independently of the activities that it audits to ensure unbiased judgements, which is essential to its proper conduct and provision of impartial advice to management.
Risk and Performance Committee
The committee met on six occasions during 2018-19.
Membership consists of both internal and external members and the committee is independently chaired.
During 2018-19 the committee provided independent assurance on the operation and effectiveness of risk management, internal controls and compliance requirements for the department as prescribed under the committee Terms of Reference.
During the year the committee:
- implemented new Terms of Reference, which broadened the mandate and role of the committee to also include business best practice and performance governance
- completed an organisational strategic risk review
- monitored the efficient delivery of the 2018-19 annual internal audit plan.
Fraud detected in the agency
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NB: Fraud reported includes actual and reasonably suspected incidents of fraud.
Data for previous years is available at: Data.SA fraud detected within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Strategies implemented to control and prevent fraud
Policies and procedures
The department has adopted and promotes The Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector, which provides guidance to employees on appropriate behaviour.
The processes for preventing, detecting and responding to the risks of fraud are documented in the department’s Corruption and Maladministration Control Policy and Corruption and Maladministration Control Strategy which are consistent with the across government Fraud and Corruption Policy issued by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.
Processes are in place for identifying, recording, analysing, reporting and escalating fraud and corruption loss events and control failures.
These processes are supported by mechanisms to prevent, detect and respond to the risks of fraud, including:
Annual financial report
The annual financial report is supported by a system of internal controls that are monitored and assessed during the financial year through the department’s internal assurance processes and other processes undertaken by Shared Services SA as the external service provider.
Employee induction and online training
The induction process ensures that all new employees are made aware of the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector and the Corruption and Maladministration Control Policy. This policy clearly stipulates a zero-tolerance position in respect to fraud and corruption. All staff are also required to complete an online Fraud and Corruption Awareness course within six months of commencement.
Financial Management Compliance program
Appropriate business practices are reinforced through the department’s Financial Management Compliance Program (FMCP), as mandated by Treasurer’s Instructions 28. The FMCP was undertaken through a control self-assessment comprising a series of questions which assess relevant policies, procedures, systems, internal controls, risk management, and statutory/financial/management reporting that is in operation across all business units within the department.
During the year the department conducted a high-level fraud risk assessment as part of the bi-annual operational risk review to ensure potential fraud risks were identified and appropriate fraud controls were in place or were going to be implemented. Outcomes from that review will be monitored by Risk and Performance and have been considered during the development of the 2019-20 internal audit plan.
A strategic risk review was also undertaken during the year which involved updating the department’s strategic risks to ensure they continue to reflect the current risk environment, focusing on those risks that could cause a critical or major consequence to the achievement of the department’s strategic objectives. A departmental risk appetite statement was developed as part of the review to clearly define the boundaries for prudent and consistent decision-making to effectively deliver our strategy.
Number of occasions on which public interest information has been disclosed to a responsible officer of the agency under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993:
Data for previous years is available at: Data.SA Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993