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About this report


This is the Secretary of Defence and Chief of the Defence Force’s performance report to the Minister for Defence, the Parliament of Australia and the Australian public for the 2017–18 financial year. The report addresses the purposes and outcomes of the Department of Defence, including the Australian Defence Force—collectively known as Defence.

The report relates to Defence’s performance for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 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. Appendix C of this report identifies for the reader where required information may be found.

Defence actively engages with, and incorporates feedback from, the Department of Finance, the Australian National Audit Office, the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audit and annual reviews by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in pursuit of best-practice corporate governance. As a result, the 2018–19 planning and reporting cycle will see greater alignment of performance criteria and targets in Defence’s key planning documents: the Corporate Plan and the Portfolio Budget Statements. This alignment will allow Defence to provide a clearer assessment of how we have succeeded in achieving our purposes, representing a significant step forward in maturing Defence’s planning and reporting processes.

Annual performance statements

As required under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, this report contains Defence’s annual performance statements for 2017–18 (see Chapter 3). The annual performance statements detail results achieved against planned performance criteria set out in the 2017–18 Defence Corporate Plan, the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18 and the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2017–18.

The performance criteria were assessed as follows:

  • Achieved—the intended result was achieved as planned.
  • Partially achieved—the intended result was not fully achieved during the reporting period.

For operational reasons, and because much of Defence’s work is classified, there are some activities that cannot be reported on publicly. Wherever possible, when activities are no longer sensitive or constrained by legal or statutory requirements, Defence is 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 via the Defence website. Appendix B of this report lists the supplementary information that is available.