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Vote Defence Force

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister of Defence (M22)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: New Zealand Defence Force

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE: Minister of Defence

Overview of the Vote

The Minister of Defence is responsible for appropriations in Vote Defence Force, totalling just over $2,900 million for the 2012/13 financial year.

This includes just over $2,404 million for departmental output expenses covering the following:

  • a total of just over $2,296 million on the Navy, Army, and Air Force to provide the Government with a range of military forces to protect and advance the security and interests of New Zealand. These are held at appropriate levels of capability and preparedness to protect New Zealand's territorial sovereignty and to contribute to regional and global security efforts. Most of these forces will also contribute a range of services to other government departments and the New Zealand community when not committed to operations overseas. The breakdown of appropriations, by Service, is as follows:
    • Navy: just under $662 million
    • Army: just over $845 million
    • Air Force: just under $790 million
  • a total of just under $68 million on Operationally Deployed Forces
  • a total of just under $25 million on a Multi-Class Output Appropriation (MCOA), Miscellaneous Support Activities, that includes New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) support to the Mutual Assistance Programme, the New Zealand Cadet Forces, Government-initiated Youth Development Schemes (Limited Service Volunteer courses, Service Academies and Military-Style Activity Camps), and Service Military Museums, and
  • a total of just over $15 million on a MCOA for ministerial services, policy advice and strategic military intelligence.

As part of the total appropriation, $250,000 provides for departmental other expenses (disposal of decommissioned assets).

Of the total output expenses, about $29 million is expected to be funded from third-party revenue (Revenue Department and Revenue Other) in 2012/13. The remainder is funded from Revenue Crown.

There is also a capital expenditure appropriation of up to $496 million for the purchase of assets.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Defence Force in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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