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Vote Defence Force

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister of Defence (M22), Minister of Veterans' Affairs (M75)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: New Zealand Defence Force

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE: Minister of Defence

Overview of the Vote

The Minister of Defence is responsible for Defence Force appropriations in Vote Defence Force, totalling just over $3,280 million for the 2016/17 financial year.

This includes just over $2,533 million for departmental output expenses covering the following:

  • a total of just under $2,038 million on Air ($770 million), Army ($809 million) and Navy ($459 million) capabilities prepared for joint operations 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 to a range of services to other government departments and the New Zealand community when not committed to operations overseas, and
  • a total of just over $495 million on Multi-Category Appropriations (MCA) for Advice to the Government, Operations Contributing to New Zealand's Security, Stability and Interests, and the Protection of New Zealand and New Zealanders.

Of the total output expenses, about $14 million is expected to be funded from third-party revenue (Revenue Department and Revenue Other) in 2016/17. The remainder is funded with Revenue Crown via Treasury.

There is also a capital expenditure appropriation of up to $747 million for the purchase of assets.

The Minister of Veterans' Affairs is responsible for Veterans' Affairs appropriations in Vote Defence Force totalling just under $137 million for the 2016/17 financial year.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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