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About this report

This is the Secretary’s report to the Minister for Finance for the financial year ended 30 June 2016. The report has been prepared according to parliamentary reporting requirements and legislative requirements.

The report is a mechanism of accountability to the Parliament of Australia in relation to services provided. It also provides information for the community and stakeholders.

Finance is committed to maintaining accountability and transparency in its activities and continually improving its reporting.

Guide to this report

Part 1 contains the Secretary’s review of the year, including the highlights, and challenges, and the priorities for the year ahead. It also provides overviews of the portfolio and the department, including its purposes, role, functions, ministers, executive, organisational structure, and outcome and program framework.

Part 2 comprises a review of the department’s performance and achievements during the reporting year and the department’s annual performance statements. The annual performance statements reflect the actual results achieved against the performance criteria set out in the department’s Corporate Plan 2015–16 and Portfolio Budget Statements 2015–16.

Part 3 details the department’s management and accountability processes, including corporate governance, external scrutiny, human resources management, environmental performance and financial management.

Part 4 contains the department’s audited financial statements for 2015–16.

The appendices provide additional information on specific areas of the department, some as required under legislation.

At the end of the report are a list of abbreviations and acronyms, a glossary, a checklist detailing the location of the requirements used to compile the report, and an index.


Last updated: 05 December 2017