Guide to the Report

The format and content of this volume 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 2009 under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999.

This report addresses the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), which are collectively referred to as ‘Defence’. Volume 2 of this report addresses the Defence Materiel Organisation as a prescribed agency. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Housing Australia, which are parts of the Defence Portfolio, have separate annual reports. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, funded substantially by Defence, is a Government-owned company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 and has a separate annual report.

Annual reports, portfolio budget and additional estimates statements are the principal formal accountability mechanisms between the 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 the revised 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.

Change to report structure

In 2008-09, Defence’s Outcome reporting structure changed significantly as promulgated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2008-09. As a consequence of this, the annual report has been restructured to take advantage of the improved transparency offered by the more defined linkages between organisational outputs and accountable Groups and Services.

Style Conventions

The following style conventions are used in the report:

not applicable (unless otherwise specified)
$ million
$ billion

Figures in tables and in the text may be rounded. Figures in text are generally rounded to one decimal place, whereas figures in tables are generally rounded to the nearest thousand or million. Discrepancies in tables between totals and sums of components are due to rounding.