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Reporting framework

Austrade operates under the Australian Government's outcomes and programs framework. Government outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Government on the Australian community, and government programs are the primary means by which agencies achieve their intended outcomes.

Corporate plan

Austrade’s 2017–18 corporate plan, which was approved by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, covers the four-year period from 2017–18 to 2020–21, and is Austrade’s primary planning document. Austrade has identified five purposes as part of its 2017–18 corporate plan (Figure 5). Each purpose is associated with a set of performance measures and can be linked to Austrade’s outcomes and programs in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18 (Figure 6).

Figure 5: Austrade's purposes for 2016–17

  • Purpose 1 Develop international markets
  • Purpose 2 Promote international education
  • Purpose 3 Win productive foreign direct investment
  • Purpose 4 Strengthen Australia's tourism industry
  • Purpose 5 Help Australians with consular and passport services

Portfolio Budget Statements

The Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18 for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio identify the outcomes, associated programs and key performance indicators the Government uses to assess Austrade’s performance. In 2017–18, Austrade had two outcomes that were achieved through three specific programs (Figure 6).

Figure 6: Austrade's outcome and program framework for 2017–18

Figure 6: Austrade's outcome and program framework for 2016-17

Outcome 1: Contribute to Australia's economic prosperity by promoting Australia's export and other international economic interests through the provision of information, advice and services to business, associations, institutions and government

Program 1.1: Promotion of Australia's export and other international economic interests

Program 1.2: Programs to promote Australia's export and other international economic interests

Outcome 2: The protection and welfare of Australians abroad through timely and responsive consular and passport services in specific locations overseas

Program 2.1: Consular and passport services

Annual performance statement

Austrade’s annual performance statement, which starts on page 19, shows Austrade’s achievements in 2017–18 against its purposes from its Corporate Plan 2017–18 and its key performance indicators set out in its Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18. Austrade’s annual performance statement, and additional performance reporting information, have been developed in accordance with guidelines provided by the Department of Finance. Because the corporate plan is Austrade’s primary document, the annual performance statement has been structured to address each of the corporate plan’s purposes, as has the remainder of the performance reporting section.

How Austrade's corporate plan, Portfolio Budget Statements and annual performance statement interrelate

The annual performance statement clearly links performance criteria with the relevant source document—the corporate plan, the portfolio budget statements, or both. The high degree of overlap between the measures in the Corporate Plan 2017–18 and the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18 means many of the measures are derived from both documents. Figure 7 on the next page sets out the relationship between reporting measures outlined in Austrade’s corporate plan, portfolio budget statements and annual performance statement for 2017–18.

Further detail on Austrade's achievements against its performance measures follows the annual performance statement, using a combination of methods, including charts, tables, narrative discussion and case studies. The annual performance statement includes page references to relevant supplementary information for ease of navigation.

Figure 7: The relationship between Austrade's Portfolio Budget Statements, corporate plan and annual performance statement

Figure 7: The relationship between Austrade's Portfolio Budget Statements, corporate plan and annual performance statement

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