Three months after a storm dislodged the stairs, the District Council of Yankalilla is awaiting the results of an audit of damage to the Second Valley jetty.
The only set of stairs on the relatively short jetty have been closed since the storm in early February.
Council chief executive Nigel Morris said the council had been working with the state government, who owns the jetty, to get the "urgent" repairs underway.
"We understand these stairs are well used by the community throughout the year and continue to treat them as a priority to get fixed," Mr Morris said.
The council has a licence agreement with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, and under the lease, the council has care and control over the jetty.
The council cannot undertake the repairs as marine expertise is required, so a contractor was hired to audit the whole jetty, identify all urgent damage that needed fixing, and determine how the work would be completed.
"In late April, we engaged divers to perform a full audit of the jetty to ensure that all needed repairs could be done at the same time (as fixing the stairs)," Mr Morris said.
"Instead of just looking at the stairs, we wanted to get in and have a look to see what else needs tidying up."
Under the lease agreement, the council will have to fork out $15,558 to fix the damage.
The contractors' inspection alone makes up about $12,500 of the $15,558 cost to council.
"We await the results of the audit and will then discuss with the state government the repairs," Mr Morris said.