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Annual Report 2015/16

02 Annual Performance Statement

Introductory statement, Our purpose, Performance criteria

I, Heather Smith, as the accountable authority of the Department of Communications and the Arts, present the 2015–16 annual performance statement of the Department of Communications and the Arts, as required under paragraph 39(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). In my opinion, this annual performance statement is based on properly maintained records, accurately reflects the performance of the department, and complies with subsection 39(2) of the PGPA Act.

Our purpose

The purpose of the Department of Communications and the Arts is to promote innovative communications and cultural sectors through policy, program and service delivery to the benefit of all Australians.

Performance criteria

We fulfil this purpose by addressing two outcomes, as described in the PBSDefinition:Portfolio Budget Statements(1):

  • Outcome 1—Promote an innovative and competitive communications sector, through policy development, advice and program delivery, so all Australians can realise the full potential of digital technologies and communications services.
  • Outcome 2—Participation in, and access to, Australia's arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression.

Due to machinery-of-government changes in September 2015, our performance criteria have been outlined in several documents, including the Communications Portfolio Budget Statement 2015–16, the Attorney-General’s Portfolio Budget Statement 2015–16, and the Communications and the Arts Portfolio Additional Estimates 2015–16. The most current performance criteria for 2015–16 are set out in the Communications and the Arts Portfolio Budget Statement of 2016–17, and we have based our reporting on this current information.

This statement also addresses the performance criteria set out in the Department’s 2015–19 Corporate Plan and the Attorney-General’s Department 2015–16 Corporate Plan where applicable.



(1) 2016–17 Portfolio Budget Statement, pages 27–29 and 33–34