Defence introduction

Budget Review 2010-11 Index

Budget 2010–11: Defence


Laura Rayner

It is getting harder to come to any conclusion on Defence’s financials, because the process is even murkier than usual.[1]

Total funding in the 2010–11 Defence budget is estimated to be $26 896.6 million. From this amount Defence will provide $10 536.8 million to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for procurement of equipment and the provision of sustainment services to the Australian Defence Force, making up the bulk of DMO’s total net resourcing of $11 996.5 million for 2010–11.[2] The 2010–11 Defence budget of $26 896.6 million is a six per cent increase on the $25 371.6 million which the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2010–11 list as the estimated actual funding for 2009–10.[3]

[1].    J Molan, ‘Defence rescues Swan’s budget’, Lowy Interpreter, 12 May 2010, viewed 13 May 2010,

[2].    Australian Government, Portfolio budget statements 2010–11: budget related paper no. 1.5A 2010–11& 1.5C: Defence Portfolio, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2010, pp. 16 & 146, viewed 12 May 2010,

[3].    T Thomas, ‘2010/11 Defence Budget Analysis’, e-Newsletter, Vol.12, No. 17, 12 May 2010.