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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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At the time of the Portfolio Budget Statements 2011–12, the total cash budgeted outflow for Defence, including DMO, was $28,407.8 million. This consisted of:

  • $8,023.7 million to investing activities (28% of the Defence Budget)
  • $10,104.7 million for Military and Civilian employee expenses (36% of the Defence Budget) and
  • the remaining $10,279.4 million on other operating expenses (36% of the Defence Budget).

Defence’s funding from Government in 2011–12 increased by $740.7 million when compared to that estimated at the
Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2010–11. This is comprised of:
  • Expenditure measures, including funding for Defence Operations totalling $1,100.2 million; the majority of this expenditure in 2011–12 is for Operation Slipper ($926.1m), which is the ADF’s contribution to the international coalition against terrorism.
  • Savings measures of $174.5 million; the majority of the savings are from additional efficiency measures ($226.6m) offset by capital reinvestment reprogramming ($69.8m).
  • Other budget adjustments of $185.0 million in 2011–12, of which the majority ($210.3m) relates to foreign exchange adjustments partially offset by a reduction in property disposals ($27m).

For information about Australia’s defence spending compared with other countries, see International comparisons at the end of the chapter.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.

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