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Defence Annual Report 2012-13

ISSN 2203-0050 (online)
ISBN 978-0-9874959-0-7 (online)

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The report should be attributed as the Defence Annual Report 2012-13.

User guide

The format and content of this report reflect the requirements developed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit on 24 June 2013 under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999.

This report addresses the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force and the Defence Materiel Organisation. The Department of Veterans' Affairs and Defence Housing Australia, which are parts of the Defence portfolio, have separate annual reports. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, funded substantially by Defence, is a government-owned company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 and has a separate annual report.

Annual reports, Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements are the principal formal accountability mechanisms between the Government, departments and the Parliament. Portfolio Budget Statements set out performance targets for departmental programs, Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements may contain revised targets, and annual reports show achievement against the targets.

Defence's annual reports are designed to link performance during the year under review with performance forecasts contained in the Portfolio Budget Statements for the following year. This report covers the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. The format of this year's report is different to that of previous years. We have produced a frank and more concise report, which is some 30 per cent shorter than last year's. A large amount of detailed information has been placed in this online version of the report. This is in keeping with the Government's digitisation policy.

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