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This is the Secretary’s report to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade on the performance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Volume 1) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) (Volume 2) during the financial year 2000–01. It is prepared in accordance with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Requirements for Departmental Annual Reports of June 2001, which draws on the legislative requirements set out in the Public Service Act 1999. Information and statistics unless otherwise indicated cover the financial year 2000–01, or relate to the situation as at 30 June 2001. All dollars are Australian unless otherwise specified.
Guide to Volume 1
(See also glossary of terms)
The report of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Volume 1) uses the same outcome–output structure that was used to present the department’s 2000–01 portfolio budget statements, with some adjustments made to definitions to reduce variations among work units and posts in quantity reporting (see ‘Implementation of Accrual Budgeting’).
Section 1 contains:
- the Secretary’s review for 2000–01
- the departmental overview, including:
- role and functions
- organisational structure
- senior executive structure
- portfolio structure
- outcomes and outputs framework
- implementation of accrual budgeting.
Section 2 contains the department’s outcome–output performance information reports. Performance is reported under the following headings:
- effectiveness (including administered items);
- quality and quantity measures for departmental outputs; and
- quality and quantity measures for administered items.
To enhance the flow of performance information in Section 2:
- Effectiveness indicators are grouped at the beginning of reporting for each output within outcomes, with the exception of outputs 1.1 and 1.2 where indicators are grouped at sub-output level because of the large number of sub-outputs.
- Quality and quantity indicators and reporting for each outcome appear at the end of reporting on the effectiveness of outputs.
- Indicators and reporting for administered items are set out at the end of reporting on quality and quantity for the relevant output.
- All indicators have been reported against. Headings and sub-headings within the text generally conform to the order of indicators appearing at the beginning of performance reporting, but there have been variations in some instances.
Section 3 reports on enabling services that do not appear under the outcome structure. It includes reporting on corporate governance, external scrutiny and the management of human and financial resources, including the department’s response to public sector reform.
Section 4 contains the audited Financial Statements for 2000–01.
Section 5 contains appendixes providing useful additional information and reports required under specific legislation. Some information, included in previous annual reports but no longer obligatory under specific requirements or legislation, has been removed to the online version of this report (www.dfat.gov.au/dept/annual_reports/ar.html).
Section 6 contains glossaries of terms, acronyms and abbreviations and an index.