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Letter to the Minister

9 September 2020

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister

The Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is pleased to present its Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2020.

The report was prepared for section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, in accordance with the requirements of that Act and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983. It was approved by the Board on 9 September 2020 and provides a streamlined, yet full, overview of the ABC’s performance and delivery in line with its Charter remit.

The ABC walked beside Australians through the stress, fear and change of late 2019 and early 2020, a time full of uncertainty. It provided constant support for audiences with its wide-ranging and comprehensive news coverage, and help and distraction through quality discussion, entertainment, music, children’s content and specialist services. We adapted to our new operating circumstances expediently, while facing our internal challenges head on.

There can be no better example of the ABC’s dedication to Australian stories, culture and experience than its activities throughout 2019-20. I trust you will find the same reflected within this report.


Ita Buttrose AC, OBE
Chair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation