Annual Report 2003-2004

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Guide to the Report

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 2003–04. It is prepared in accordance with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Requirements for Annual Reports of June 2004, as approved on behalf of the Parliament by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. Information and statistics unless otherwise indicated cover the financial year 2003–04, or relate to the situation as at 30 June 2004. 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 2003–04 portfolio budget statements.

We have included trade statistics covering services as well as goods. The latest goods and services trade statistics relate to calendar year 2003. They are not part of the department's performance reporting but are included as background information for the benefit of readers.

Section 1 contains:

Section 2 contains the department's outcome–output performance information reports. Performance is reported under the following headings:

To enhance the flow of performance information in Section 2:

Section 3 reports on enabling services that do not appear under the outcome structure. It includes reporting on corporate governance, external scrutiny and management of human and financial resources.

Section 4 contains the audited financial statements for 2003–04.

Section 5 includes 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 is now available in the online version of this report (

Section 6 contains glossaries of terms, acronyms and abbreviations and indexes.

Further information
Portfolio Budget Statements 2003–04 and 2004–05
Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2003–04
Corporate Plan
Trade 2004


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