About this report

This report outlines the performance of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the financial year ending 30 June 2016. It informs all Australians – including Members of Parliament, political parties, interest groups, candidates, electoral authorities, government departments and agencies, students, teachers and the media – about AEC activities and services. It also describes the AEC’s performance against its agency directions as set out in the AEC Corporate Plan for 2015–19, with reference to updated 2015–16 deliverables specified in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2016–17.

The report accords with the requirements of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2016 for annual reports.

There are five chapters:

  1. Year in review – Summary of key developments and trends by the Electoral Commissioner.
  2. About the AEC – Role, values and principles, outcome and programs structure, organisational structure and leadership, guiding legislation.
  3. Performance reporting – Reports against the five agency directions specified in the 2015–19 AEC Corporate Plan with reference to the Portfolio Budget Statements, plus additional information on achievements to complete the AEC performance story.
  4. Managing the AEC – Governance arrangements, strategic and business planning, risk management, managing resources and assets, compliance, and external scrutiny.
  5. Financial reporting – Financial performance for 2015–16, including audited financial statements.

These chapters are supported by:

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© Commonwealth of Australia 2016

The term ‘Indigenous’ in this report refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people unless otherwise stated.

This report may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

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Contact officer: Chief Finance Officer
Australian Electoral Commission
50 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra ACT 2600
Locked Bag 4007
Canberra ACT 2601

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Fax: 02 6215 9999
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