User guide

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 under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999 in June 2009.

This volume of the Defence Annual Report 2008-09 refers to the outcome and output structure and performance information presented in the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2008-09 and updated in the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2008-09 (Part Two – DMO).

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 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.

This report covers the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Style Conventions

The following style conventions are used in the report:

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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.