Table 2 shows the framework that determined the performance of the AEC in 2009–10.
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
Portfolio Budget Statements 2009–10
AEC National Business Plan 2009–10
Branch, state, territory and divisional business plans
Themes of the AEC Strategic Plan 2009–2014:
1 Voter entitlement for Australians and support for electoral events and redistributions through maintaining an accurate and up-to-date electoral roll
2 Access to an impartial and independent electoral system for Australians through the provision of election services
3 Informed Australians through the provision of information services on electoral matters
1.1 Electoral roll management
1.2 Support services for electoral redistributions
2.1 Federal elections, by-elections and referendums
2.2 Party registrations
2.3 Funding and disclosure services
2.4 Fee-for-service elections
2.5 Industrial and Torres Strait Regional Authority elections
2.6 Advice and assistance in overseas elections
3.1 Electoral education
3.2 School and community programs
3.3 Communication strategies and services
The annual report examines the AEC's performance in achieving the government outcomes. Those outcomes and the programs that deliver them are defined in the annual Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements of the Department of Finance and Deregulation. There is no variation between the AEC outcomes and programs described in those statements for 2009–10 and the outcomes and programs described in this report.
The Department of Finance and Deregulation is implementing a new approach to performance reporting, building on the previous 'outcomes and outputs' approach, to enhance transparency and accountability. As a result, 'outcomes' replaced the AEC's former 'output groups', and 'programs' replaced individual 'outputs', in the PBS for 2009–10. Further changes aligning the AEC with the new approach have been made in the PBS for 2010–11.
Copies of the PBS are available from the Department of Finance and Deregulation website, at www.finance.gov.au/publications/portfolio-budget-statements.