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What this report covers

The Department's annual report focuses on explaining how the resources entrusted to it have been used. Our report:

  • takes into account the Requirements for Departmental Annual Reports issued by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) in June 2005
  • uses data, photographs and other materials from a range of sources to put our activities and results into context, and
  • tells you where you can obtain the other annual reports we are required to publish or contribute to.

As this report contains photos, it may contain images of deceased persons and of places that could cause sorrow.

How information is presented

Key terms and acronyms are explained as they are introduced, and are listed from page 321.

Tables throughout the report use notations as follows:

$ million
zero, nil
not applicable

Amounts are generally rounded to the nearest million dollars. All totals are the rounded sum of unrounded amounts and thus may not be the strict sum of the figures presented.

How to get copies of this report or more information

Reports are available in printed form from more than 40 libraries around Australia under the Australian Government library deposit and free issue scheme. For a list of these libraries, please contact the Australian Government Information Management Office www.agimo.gov.au

This report is also available on our website www.dotars.gov.au We publish it in a variety of digital formats to make it accessible to the largest possible audience, including people in regional areas and people with
a disability. It is usually available online the day after it is tabled in the parliament.

Before making decisions or acting on information in this report, you are advised to contact the department. Each report was up-to-date when it was tabled, but details do change over time due to legislative, policy and other developments.

Equally, if you have suggestions about how we could improve our annual report, please let us know.

To contact our annual report team:

Email: annualreport@dotars.gov.au or
Telephone: 02 6274 7111 or
write (no stamp required) to:
DOTARS Annual Report Coordinator
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Contact details for other parts of the department are on the inside back cover of this report.