A guide to this report

A guide to this report
Part 1 Review by the Accountable Authority
The CEO introduces the report (Section 1.1) and describes the highlights of 2017–18 (Section 1.2).
Part 2 Australian Research Council overview
We describe who we are and what we do (Section 2.1), our structure (Section 2.2) and our performance framework (Section 2.3).
Part 3 Report on performance
We provide our Annual Performance Statement in accordance with requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Section 3.1) and a report on our financial performance (Section 3.2).
Part 4 Management and accountability
We report on management and accountability matters as required under the annual report guidelines. This includes our governance structures (Section 4.1), external accountability mechanisms (Section 4.2), people management activities (Section 4.3), financial management activities (Sections 4.44.8) and other mandatory information (Section 4.9).
Part 5 Financial statements
We provide the financial statements for 2017–18. This includes the Independent Auditor’s Report (Section 5.1), the Statement by the Accountable Authority and Chief Financial Officer (Section 5.2) and the ARC’s Financial Report (Section 5.3).
Part 6 Appendices
We provide additional information to support the performance story provided in Parts 3 and 4.
Part 7 Aids to access
This section provides material to help the reader access the report including a list of figures and tables, a list of abbreviations/acronyms, a glossary, a compliance index and an alphabetical index.

Style conventions

The following style conventions are used in the report:

  • acronyms are spelt out for the first use in each section, except for the acronym for the Australian Research Council—ARC—which is used throughout
  • n/a means not applicable (unless otherwise specified).


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Director, Strategy and Governance
Australian Research Council

Telephone: +61 2 6287 6600
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Email: ARC-AnnualReport@arc.gov.au