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About this report


This is the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force’s performance report to the Minister for Defence for the financial year ended 30 June 2017. The report addresses the purposes and outcomes of the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force—collectively known as Defence.

The report relates to Defence’s performance for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 and is the department’s primary mechanism of accountability to the Parliament of Australia.

The report was prepared in accordance with parliamentary reporting and legislative requirements. The requirements table in Appendix C identifies for the reader where required information can be found.

Defence is committed to improving accountability and transparency in its reporting. This report is the second produced under the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and represents an improvement in Defence’s ability to tell a clear and logical story of our performance over the reporting period. We will continue to mature our performance reporting capacity in 2017–18.

Annual performance statements

As required under the PGPA Act, this report contains Defence’s annual performance statements for 2016–17 (see Chapter 3). The annual performance statements detail results achieved against the planned performance criteria set out in the 2016–17 Defence Corporate Plan and the 2016–17 Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

The performance criteria were assessed as being achieved or partially achieved, where:

  • achieved means the intended result was achieved as planned
  • partially achieved means the intended result was not fully achieved during the reporting period.

For operational reasons and because much of our work is classified, there are some activities we cannot report on publicly. When activities are no longer sensitive or constrained by legal or statutory requirements, and wherever possible, we are committed to being open and transparent and providing information to the public.

Online content

An electronic version of this report and supplementary performance information may be accessed at www.defence.gov.au/annualreports. Appendix B of this report (on page 228) lists the supplementary performance information that is available on the Defence website.