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© Commonwealth of Australia 2016

ISSN 1323-5036 (print)
ISSN 2203-0050 (online)
ISBN 978-0-9944235-8-0 (print)
ISBN 978-0-9946046-0-6 (online)

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Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no image may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Department of Defence.

The report should be attributed as the Defence Annual Report 2016–17.

All dollar amounts are in Australian dollars unless otherwise indicated.


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An electronic version of this report, and detailed supplementary performance information, can be accessed at


Feedback about this report is welcome and should be directed to:

Assistant Secretary Enterprise Governance
Department of Defence
Russell Offices R2-1-C066
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6265 1132


This report was developed by the Governance and Reform Division, with input and assistance from staff throughout Defence.

Editorial consultant: Wilton Hanford Hanover

Concept and design: Defence Publishing Service (DPS: AUG044-17)

Photographs: All photographs are from the Australian Defence Image Library

Printing: CanPrint