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Defence Annual Report 2013-14 - User guide

The Defence Annual Report 2013-14 has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports, as approved by the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit. Volume 1 addresses Performance, Governance and Accountability while Volume 2 addresses Financial Statements.

ISSN 2203-0050 (online)
ISBN 978-0-9925662-2-7 (online)

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The report should be attributed as the Defence Annual Report 2013-14.

Purpose of the annual report

This report covers the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force and the Defence Materiel Organisation—collectively known as Defence. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Housing Australia, which are parts of the Defence portfolio, have separate annual reports.

Portfolio Budget Statements, Additional Estimates Statements and annual reports 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 describe achievement against the targets. Annual reports are designed to link performance during the year under review with performance and financial forecasts contained in the Portfolio Budget Statements for the following year. This report covers the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.

About this report

The report is structured according to annual report requirements approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. This year the report is published in two volumes. Our intent has been to reduce the size of the hard-copy report by pointing readers to an expanded online version of the report. We will be printing only enough copies of Volume Two to meet tabling requirements. This measure, coupled with a streamlined performance report (Volume One), will enable us to save around 150 reams of print-quality paper in keeping with the Government’s digitisation policy.

Part One of Volume One provides an overview of Defence, its structure and its strategic direction. Part Two discusses performance against each of Defence’s outcomes and programs. Part Three provides details of organisational governance and accountability. Volume Two contains the audited financial statements.

For ease of reference in Part Two, please open the foldout at the back of the report. This will show you the outcome and program structure adjacent to the page being viewed.

The program deliverables and key performance indicators tables in chapters 3, 4 and 5 are assessed using the key system shown below.




All targets for 2013–14 were met or exceeded.

Substantially met

Targets were mostly met and any issues were being managed.

Partially met

Some targets were met and any issues were being managed.

Not met

No or minimal progress was made against targets.