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© Commonwealth of Australia 2016

ISSN 1323-5036 (print)
ISSN 2203-0050 (online)

Volume One: Performance, governance and accountability

ISBN 978-0-9944235-8-0 (print)
ISBN 978-0-9946046-0-6 (online)

Volume Two: Audited financial statements

ISBN 978-0-9944235-9-7 (print)
ISBN 978-0-9946046-1-3 (online)

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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: JUN041-16)

Photographs: All photographs are from the Australian Defence Image Library,

Cover art: CRE8IVE

Printing: CanPrint