Annual Report 2009-2010

Letter of transmittal

23 September 2010

The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP
Minister for Trade

It is my pleasure to present to you the Annual Report of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the financial year 2009-10.

The report has been prepared pursuant to section 63 of the Public Service Act 1999 and in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports as approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. Subsection 63(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 requires that, after the end of the financial year, the Secretary of a department must give a report to ministers on the department’s activities for presentation to the Parliament.

The report has again been divided into volumes. Volume 1 is the report of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) proper and Volume 2 is the report of AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development). This division reflects the distinctive nature of the work of the two organisations and assists readers to locate more readily the information they seek.

In presenting the Annual Report, I take the opportunity to acknowledge my predecessor, Mr Michael L’Estrange, who left the Department on 21 August 2009 and Ms Gillian Bird, who acted as Secretary between 22 August 2009 and 12 January 2010. I also acknowledge the Hon Mr Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Hon Mr Simon Crean MP, the Minister for Trade, during the reporting period. I also thank my colleagues in DFAT and AusAID for their professionalism and dedication in advancing Australia’s international interests over the past year.

Yours sincerely

Dennis Richardson's signature

Dennis Richardson

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Table of contents

Section 1: Overviews

Section 2: Performance reporting

Section 3: Corporate Management and Accountability

Section 4: Appendixes

Section 5: Financial Statements

Section 6: Glossaries and Indexes

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ISSN 1032–2019
ISBN 978-1-921612-38-1 (volume 1)
ISBN 978-1-921612-39-8 (volume 2)
ISBN 978-1-921612-40-4 (two-volume set)
ISBN 978-1-921612-41-1 (volume 1 online)
ISBN 978-1-921612-42-8 (volume 2 online)

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