Government of South Australia

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Government of South Australia
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State government overview
Formed 1856 (1856)

The form of the Government of South Australia is prescribed in its constitution, which dates from 1856, although it has been amended many times since then. Since 1901 South Australia has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Australian constitution regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth.

Under the Australian constitution, South Australia ceded certain legislative and judicial powers to the Commonwealth, but retained complete independence in all other areas. In practice, however, the independence of the Australian states has been eroded by the increasing financial domination of the Commonwealth.

South Australia is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of South Australia, which consists of the Crown, represented by the governor of South Australia, and the two Houses, the South Australian Legislative Council and the South Australian House of Assembly, with general elections held every four years.

Executive power rests formally with the executive council, which consists of the governor and senior ministers. In practice executive power is exercised by the premier of South Australia and the cabinet, who are appointed by the governor, but who hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the House of Assembly.

Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of South Australia and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian constitution.

Government Departments[edit]

There are 23 separate departments within the Government of South Australia's public service.[1]

Auditor-General's Department[edit]

The Auditor-General's Department provides the Parliament and public sector entities with independent professional opinions on matters related to financial management, compliance with legislative requirements.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources[edit]

  • Office of the Chief Executive
  • Policy
    • Land Stewardship
    • Natural and Cultural Resources
    • Legislation, Policy and Planning
    • Coast and Marine Projects
  • Strategy
    • Communications and Community Engagement
    • Governance and Planning
    • Strategy and Performance
    • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Corporate Services and Client Services
    • Commercial Services
    • Business Operations
    • People and Culture
    • Conservation and Land Management
    • eBusiness Centre
    • Science Resource Centre
    • ICT Services
  • Regional Services
    • Regional Integration Project
    • Regional NRM Support
    • Public Land and Operational Support
    • Regional Delivery
    • Volunteers and Visitor Services
    • Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Project
  • Botanic Gardens
    • Knowledge and Conservations
    • Collections and Horticulture
    • Visitor and Community Programs

Department for Families and Communities[edit]

The Department for Families and Communities works with people who may be poor, vulnerable, at risk of harm or isolated, to connect them to choices and opportunities:[citation needed]

  • Disability SA
    • Office for Disability & Client Services
  • Domiciliary Care SA
  • Families SA
  • Housing SA
    • Office for Aboriginal Housing
    • Office for Community Housing
    • SA Affordable Housing Trust
  • Community Connect
  • Office for the Ageing
    • Seniors Card Unit
  • Office for Carers
  • Office for Problem Gambling
  • Indigenous Services
  • HomeStart Finance[2]

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure[edit]

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (formerly Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure) has responsibilities in relation to transport system and services. They also work regularly with police in regards to motor vehicle registration, enforcement of speed limits and other road matters.[3]

Department for Education and Child Development[edit]

The Department for Education and Child Development delivers and coordinates children's services and schooling.

  • Office of the Deputy Chief Executive
  • Office of Schools
  • Office of Early Childhood Development
  • Office of Policy and Communications
  • Finance and Infrastructure
  • Aboriginal, Student and Family Services
  • Teaching and Learning Services
  • Human Resources and Workforce Development

Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology[edit]

The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology develops the state's workforce, skills base and learning opportunities. And developing science research and information economy opportunities:[citation needed]

  • Aboriginal Education and Employment
  • Bio Innovation SA
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning and Development
  • Education Adelaide
  • Education Services and Programs
  • Employment and Skills Formation
    • Employment Programs
    • Indigenous and Youth Initiatives
    • Operations
    • Traineeship and Apprenticeship Management
  • Office of the Chief Executive
    • Office of the Training Advocate
  • Playford Capital
  • Science and Innovation
  • Shared Business Services
  • TAFE SA Regional

Department for Health and Ageing (SA Health)[edit]

SA Health[4] is responsible for protecting and improving public health by providing leadership in health reform, policy development and planning:[5] Local Health Networks (LHNs):

The following agencies report to a designated LHN:

  • SA Dental Service
  • Breastscreen SA
  • Donate Life
  • Prison Health
  • SA Pathology
  • SA Medical Imaging
  • SA Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Sterilisation

Department for Health and Ageing divisions:

  • Office for the Ageing
    • Adelaide Aged Care Assessment Team
    • Seniors Card
    • retirement villages
  • Public Health and Clinical Systems
    • public health
    • communicable disease control
    • emergency management
    • health promotion
  • Health Reform
    • delivery of the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and Glenside Campus redevelopment
    • South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute
    • alignment with national reform agenda
  • E-Health Systems
    • EPAS (Electronic Patient Enterprise System)
    • information strategy
    • ICT
  • Health System Development
    • Aboriginal health
    • media and communications, intergovernment relations
    • service delelopment
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
    • mental health operations
    • Drug & Alcohol Services SA
  • SA Health Workforce
    • human resources and workforce health
    • organisational development and learning
  • Health System Performance
    • assets, finance, revenue, procurement
    • records management

Department of Justice[edit]

Department of Justice the coordinating entity for the provision of justice services to the community and Government of South Australia.

Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy[edit]

The Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE[6] is the South Australian Government's agency for economic and industrial development, trade, minerals, energy, and renewable energy policy.

  • Energy Markets and Programs
    • Energy Advisory Service
    • Energy Partners Program
    • Office of the Technical Regulator
  • Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade
    • Invest in South Australia
    • Manufacturing and Innovation
      • Industry Capability Network SA
      • Major Projects, Small Business and Services
    • Trade
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resources and Energy

Department of Planning and Local Government[edit]

Department of Planning and Local Government is responsible for guiding and administering the South Australian Planning and Development Assessment System:[7]

  • Assessment
  • Business Services
    • Business and Information Services
    • Spatial Planning, Analysis & Research
  • Executive Services
    • Legislation & Best Practice
    • Sustainability
  • Office for State/Local Government Relations
  • Office for the Southern Suburbs[8]
  • Policy Division
    • Building Policy
    • Planning Policy
  • Strategy

Department of Primary Industries & Regions[edit]

Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)[9] is an agency for economic development and ensuring the sustainable development of the state's natural resources.[10]

  • Agriculture, Food and Wine
  • Aquaculture
  • Biosecurity
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Office of the Upper Spencer Gulf, Flinders Ranges and Outback
  • Rural Solutions SA
  • SA Research and Development Institute
  • South Australian Food Centre

Department of the Premier and Cabinet[edit]

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC)[11] provides central agency leadership on matters that affect South Australia's prosperity.

It provides economic and policy advice to support the government's strategic priorities, the state's international relationships and the management of ICT Strategy, innovation and investment. DPC publishes and advances South Australia's Strategic Plan and has expressed commitments to community engagement, excellence in service delivery and good business practice.

Department of Treasury and Finance[edit]

Department of Treasury and Finance provides economic, policy and financial advice to the Government, manages the whole of Government financial management processes, including preparation of the State Budget, and provides finance-related services across Government.

  • Corporate Services
  • Finance
  • Government Accounting and Reporting
  • Policy Analysis
  • Projects and Government Enterprises
  • Revenue and Economics
  • RevenueSA
  • SA Government Financing Authority (SAFA)
  • Shared Services SA
    • Government ICT Service Delivery
      • SA Government Radio Network
      • SA Government Telecommunication Network
    • Transition Future ICT
  • State Procurement and Fleet Operations
    • Fleet SA
      • Government Auctions SA
  • Super SA
  • Treasurer's Office
  • Veterans SA

Recreation and Sport[edit]

Government business enterprises[edit]


  1. ^ Government - Government of South Australia. Accessed 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ HomeStart Finance Accessed 12 April 2013.
  3. ^
  4. ^ SA Health Accessed 1 June 2012.
  5. ^ SA Health > About SA Health Accessed 1 June 2012.
  6. ^ ) > Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy Accessed 11 August 2012
  7. ^ Department of Planning and Local Government,
  8. ^ Office for the Southern Suburbs,
  9. ^ PIRSA, Primary Industries and Regions SA, Accessed 4 August 2012
  10. ^ > Department of Primary Industries and Regions Accessed 11 August 2012.
  11. ^ Department of the Premier and Cabinet,
  12. ^ Capital City Committee Directorate,
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia,
  14. ^ Public Sector Workforce Relations,
  15. ^ SafeWork SA,
  16. ^ Office of the Economic Development Board,
  17. ^ Adelaide Cemeteries Authority,
  18. ^ Outback Communities Authority,
  19. ^ "ForestrySA Corporate Overview". ForestrySA. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "About us". SA Water. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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