The format and content of this annual report reflects the requirements developed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in June 2002 under subsection 63(2) of the Public Service Act 1999.
The Defence Annual Report 2002-03 addresses the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), which are collectively referred to as 'Defence', while the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Defence Housing Authority, which are parts of the Defence portfolio, have separate annual reports.
Annual reports and portfolio budget and additional estimates statements are the principal formal accountability mechanisms between government, departments and the Parliament. Portfolio budget statements set out performance targets for departmental outputs, portfolio additional estimates statements may contain revised targets, and annual reports describe achievement against those targets.
In addition, 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.
In general, figures provided in the tables in this report are rounded to the nearest $1,000, although there are some tables in which the figures are rounded to the nearest $100,000. Figures referred to in the text are usually to the nearest million dollars. Figures are rounded down if the end digit is less than five, and rounded up if the end digit is five or more. Totals are the sums of unrounded figures.