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Letter of transmittal

Department of Defence, Australian Government

Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Defence
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

We present the Defence Annual Report 2016–17 for the year ended 30 June 2017. The report has been prepared for the purposes of section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). Subsection 46(1) of the PGPA Act requires that an annual report be given to the responsible Minister, for presentation to the Parliament.

The report reflects the mandatory requirements as prescribed by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule), and includes Defence’s audited financial statements as required by subsection 43(4) of the PGPA Act. The report also includes Defence’s annual performance statements as required by section 39 of the PGPA Act.

Consistent with the requirements set out in section 10 of the PGPA Rule, we certify that Defence has conducted whole-of-Defence fraud risk assessments as part of the biennial Defence fraud and corruption control planning cycle. We also certify that Defence has in place reasonable and appropriate measures, mechanisms and programs to prevent, detect, investigate, record and confidentially report suspected fraud and corruption.

Yours sincerely

Greg Moriarty's signature

Greg Moriarty
12 October 2017

Mark Binskin's signature

Mark Binskin AC
Air Chief Marshal
Chief of the Defence Force
12 October 2017