This is the Secretary's report to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment on the performance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade during the financial year 2012–13.


About us

About DFAT

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally.

In a global and regional environment being reshaped by changing economic and strategic relativities, we are working to strengthen Australia’s security; enhance Australia’s prosperity; and help Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

Our objective is to reduce the risks and make the most of opportunities for Australia in our regional and global environment.

DFAT is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. We manage a network of overseas posts in five continents and we have over 4200 staff—including locally engaged staff abroad—located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts.

What we do

What we do

  • provide foreign and trade policy advice to the government
  • work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia's pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively
  • provide and maintain the government's global classified communications system
  • develop and implement foreign and trade policy
  • facilitate safe and secure travel for Australians overseas through timely and responsive travel advice, consular services and a secure passport system
Guide to the report

Guide to the report

This report is prepared in accordance with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Requirements for Annual Reports, as approved on behalf of the Parliament by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit on 28 June 2012 and amended 24 June 2013.

Information and statistics, unless otherwise indicated, cover the financial year 2012–13, or relate to the situation as at 30 June 2013. All dollars are Australian unless otherwise specified.

The report of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade uses the same outcome–program structure as outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012–13 for the foreign affairs and trade portfolio.

The report includes a review of the department's performance in 2012–13 in relation to the deliverables and key performance indicators of its programs and their effectiveness in achieving planned outcomes. Readers will find the relevant objectives, deliverables and key performance indicators listed at the beginning of each program. Quantity measures have been included in reporting against some programs in tabular form where the information contributes to the overall reporting of the department's effectiveness in achieving planned outcomes.

We have included trade statistics covering services as well as goods. The latest goods and services trade statistics relate to calendar year 2012. They are not part of the department's performance reporting but are included as background information for the benefit of readers.

Section 1 contains:

  • the Secretary's review for 2012–13
  • the departmental overview, including:
    • organisational structure
    • executive structure
    • outcomes and programs framework
    • portfolio structure.

Section 2 contains the department's outcome–program performance information reporting. In line with the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012–13:

  • performance is reported by departmental program
  • reporting addresses all deliverables and key performance indicators.

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

Section 4 includes appendixes providing reports required under specific legislation and other useful additional information.

Section 5 contains the audited financial statements for 2012–13.

Section 6 contains subsidiary material.

Further information


Portfolio Budget Statements 2012–13 and 2013–14 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 201213

Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statements 2012–13


Publication details

Publication details

ISSN 1032–2019 (print)
ISSN 1839-5147 (online)
ISBN 978-1-74322-091-7 (book)
ISBN 978-1-74322-092-4 (pdf)
ISBN 978-1-74322-093-1 (online)

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With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and where otherwise noted (including photographs protected by copyright), this report is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence

The report should be attributed as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report 2012–13.

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Executive Editor Maree Ringland
Coordinating Editor Dr Moreen Dee
Assistant Editor Denis Cairney
Editorial Consultant Ann Harrap
Indexer Michael Harrington

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Inquiries about the annual report are welcome and should be directed to:

Director, Corporate Planning Section
Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

Phone 02 6261 3299
Fax 02 6261 3541

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