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This is the annual report of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for the year ending 30 June 2010.

The report provides information for stakeholders and the wider community about the department's operations and performance.

Part 1 includes the Secretary's review, an overview of financial performance and a summary of performance against key indicators.

Part 2 gives a description of the portfolio, the department and our support for stakeholders. Part 3 reports on the department's achievements and performance against our outcomes and deliverables.

Part 4 details our corporate governance arrangements, human resources management, administrative processes, use of external service providers and reports on external scrutiny.

Part 5 contains information meeting statutory and other reporting requirements and supplementary material.

Part 6 contains the audited financial statements for 2009-10.

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The report includes a list of abbreviations and acronyms, a glossary and an index to help the reader.

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Correction of errors in the 2008-09 annual report

On page 7, the total figure for responses to Questions on Notice was 694 not 887. The relevant chart in Figure 5 should therefore be disregarded.

On page 33, expenditure on the grants program was stated to have been $60.382 million in 2008-09, with a total of $210.751 million having been paid to recipients over the life of the program. These figures were incorrect. Expenditure on the grants program was actually $53.22 million in 2008-09 with a total of $200.77 million being paid to recipients under the program to 30 June 2009.

On page 108, the intervention targets and higher effectiveness targets for the International Mail Program and the Airports Program were transposed in Tables 11 and 12.

On page 153, Ms Hazell was incorrectly shown as a member of the Audit Committee.

On page 156, Ms Schneider was incorrectly shown as a member of the Coordination Committee on Science and Technology, the International Science Standing Committee and the advisory board of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis.

On page 224, in Table 47 the correct figure for media advertising organisations-non-campaign advertising was $1 483 489.

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ISSN 1447-5650
ISBN 978-0-9808519-0-8