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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 programmes, 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 2014 to 30 June 2015.

Report structure

The report is structured according to annual report requirements published by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The report is published in two volumes for ease of access.

Volume One: Performance, governance and accountability

Part One provides an overview of Defence, its structure and its strategic direction.

Part Two discusses performance against each of Defence’s programmes.

Part Three provides details of organisational governance and accountability.

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

Key

Description

Met

Status Met • • •

All targets for 2014–15 were met or exceeded.

Substantially met

Status Substantially Met • •

Targets were mostly met and any issues were being managed.

Partially met

• • Status Partially Met

Some targets were met and any issues were being managed.

Not met

• • • Status Not Met

No or minimal progress was made against targets.

Volume Two: Audited financial statements

This volume contains the audited financial statements.