Contents

Year in review

AEC overview

Report on performance: Program 1.1 Electoral roll management

Report on performance: Program 1.2 Election management and support services

Report on performance: Program 1.3 Education and communication

Management and accountability

Financial statements

Appendices

References

Performance framework

Updated: 18 October 2011

Figure 1 shows the framework that determined the performance of the AEC in 2010–11, including the programs and objectives set out in the AEC National Business Plan 2010–11.

Figure 1 Performance framework
Drivers Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
AEC Strategic Plan 2009–2014
AEC National Business Plan 2010–11
Branch, state and territory business plans
Portfolio Budget Statements 2010–11
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Strategic focus Themes of the AEC Strategic Plan 2009–2014:
  • Modernisation
  • Collaboration
  • Investing in our people
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Outcome Outcome 1:
Maintain an impartial and independent electoral system for eligible voters through active electoral roll management, efficient delivery of polling services and targeted education and public awareness programs.
Programs and objectives Program 1.1:
Electoral roll management
Program 1.2:
Election management and support services
Program 1.3:
Education and communication
Program 1.4:
Enabling inputs
  Voter entitlement for Australians and support for electoral events and redistributions through maintaining an accurate and up-to-date electoral roll Access to an impartial and independent electoral system for Australians through the provision of election services Informed Australians through the provision of information services on electoral matters Improve agency health

Encourage and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise

Foster strong and positive relationships with external stakeholders

Enrich the governance platform
Report Report on performance Program 1.1: Electoral roll management Report on performance Program 1.2: Election management and support services Report on performance Program 1.3: Education and communication Management and accountability

The AEC's performance is assessed against the outcome, programs and deliverables defined for the AEC in the Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements of the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Copies of the statements are available from the department's website, at www.finance.gov.au/publications/portfolio-budget-statements.

The AEC is implementing a new approach to performance reporting, building on the previous 'outcomes and outputs' approach, to enhance transparency and accountability. As a result, from 1 July 2010 the AEC moved to a new reporting structure, based on a single outcome, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2 Transition to new reporting structure
Portfolio Budget Statements 2009–10 Right arrow Portfolio Budget Statements 2010–11
    Outcome 1: Maintain an impartial and independent electoral system for eligible voters through active electoral roll management, efficient delivery of polling services and targeted education and public awareness programs.
Outcome 1: An effective electoral roll   Program 1.1: Electoral roll management
Programs:

1.1 Electoral roll management

1.2 Support services for electoral redistributions
Right arrow Deliverables:
  • Electoral roll management
  • Support services for electoral redistributions
Outcome 2: Access to an impartial and independent electoral system for Australians through the provision of election services   Program 1.2: Election management and support services
Programs:

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
Right arrow Deliverables:
  • Federal elections, by-elections and referendums
  • Party registrations
  • Funding and disclosure services
  • Fee-for-service elections
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority elections, industrial elections and protected action ballots
  • Advice and assistance in overseas elections
Outcome 3: Informed Australians through the provision of information services on electoral matters   Program 1.3: Education and communication
Programs:

3.1 Electoral education centres

3.2 School and community programs

3.3 Communication strategies and services
Right arrow Deliverables:
  • Electoral education
  • Communication strategies and services
  • Community strategies