Hon Steven Marshall MP

Premier of South Australia

This annual report is to be presented to Parliament to meet the statutory reporting requirements of the Public Sector Act 2009 and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 and meets the requirements of Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting.

This report is verified to be accurate for the purposes of annual reporting to the Parliament of South Australia.

Submitted on behalf of the Defence SA by:

Richard Price

Chief Executive



Section A: Reporting required under the Public Sector Act 2009, the Public Sector Regulations 2010 and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987

Agency purpose or role


Key strategies and their relationship to SA Government objectives

Agency programs and initiatives and their effectiveness and efficiency

Legislation administered by the agency

Organisation of the agency

Other agencies related to this agency (within the Minister’s area/s of responsibility)

Employment opportunity programs

Agency performance management and development systems

Work health, safety and return to work programs of the agency and their effectiveness

Work health and safety and return to work performance

Fraud detected in the agency

Strategies implemented to control and prevent fraud

Whistle-blowers’ disclosure

Executive employment in the agency



Financial performance of the agency

Other financial information

Section B: Reporting required under any other act or regulation

Reporting required under the Carers’ Recognition Act 2005

Section C: Reporting of public complaints as requested by the Ombudsman

Summary of complaints by subject

Complaint outcomes

Appendix: Audited financial statements 2017-18

Section A: Reporting required under the Public Sector Act 2009, the Public Sector Regulations 2010 and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987

Agency purpose or role

Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence related matters.

The agency’s mission is to grow the defence industry and strengthen the Australian Defence Force’s presence in the state. Working closely with defence and industry, Defence SA targets investment and expansion opportunities, drives and supports the delivery of major defence projects and facilities, and pursues the location of additional Defence units and capabilities in the state.

Defence SA aims to support the Australian Government’s strategic defence policy. This is through increased local industry participation, ensuring that a highly skilled, industry-ready workforce is in place, and the necessary infrastructure exists to underpin defence projects.

Defence SA is working towards capturing further defence-related work opportunities for South Australian businesses in the shipbuilding, cyber and systems, space and defence science and research domains.

The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) was launched in September 2017. This marked the creation of the nation’s first dedicated centre to grow the local space economy and create future high-tech jobs.

The Defence SA Advisory Board (the Board) provides high-level strategic and policy advice. This promotes the growth of Defence and defence industries. The Board also advocates on behalf of the state on defence and defence industries issues.


  • Advocacy and support: in collaboration with the Australian Government, Defence and industry, Defence SA works to ensure the required workfo