Glossary

accident An incident where a person suffers serious or fatal injuries or where property is extensively damaged.
Administrative Arrangements Order A document that provides for the arrangements of government administration, including the matters that are dealt with by each department and the legislation administered by each minister.
administered item A component of an administered program.
appropriation An authorisation by parliament to spend moneys from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for a particular purpose.
Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) An agreement between an employer and an employee about the terms and conditions of employment.
business division An organisational unit within the Department, which is managed by an executive director and reports to the Secretary of the Department.
Chief Executive's Instructions Instructions that the Chief Executive of an agency is authorised to give to officials in the agency on any matter necessary or convenient for the carrying out or giving effect to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 or the Financial Management and Accountability Orders 2008.
competitive tendering and contracting The process of contracting out the delivery of government activities by an Australian Government agency to another organisation.
corporate governance The process by which agencies are directed and controlled. It is generally understood to encompass authority, accountability, stewardship, leadership, direction and control.
enterprise agreement An agreement made at enterprise level between employers and employees about terms and conditions of employment.
General Government Sector A classification of entities controlled and largely funded by the Australian Government. The sector provides public services for the collective consumption of the community or services that involve the transfer and redistribution of income. All government departments are classified as General Government Sector entities.
grant Commonwealth financial assistance as defined under Regulations 3(A)1 and 3A(2) of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997.
National Partnership Agreement A mechanism to enable policy or project collaboration and, in most cases, to provide for financial transfers between the Commonwealth and the states to support that collaboration. It may include an implementation plan outlining the specific performance benchmarks that may, when attained by a state, trigger a payment from the Commonwealth.
National Partnership payment A mechanism to support the delivery of specified outputs or projects; to facilitate reforms; or to reward jurisdictions that deliver on nationally significant reforms.
outcome The intended result, consequence or impact of government actions on the Australian community.
performance information Evidence about performance that is collected and used systematically. Evidence may relate to appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency. It may be about outcomes, factors that affect outcomes, and what can be done to improve them.
Portfolio Budget Statements A Budget-related paper detailing budget initiatives and appropriations, by outcome and program, for each agency within a portfolio.
program An activity or group of activities that delivers benefits or services or transfers payments to individuals, industry or the community as a whole.
purchaser-provider arrangement An arrangement under which the services of one agency are purchased by another agency to contribute to outcomes.
service charter A public statement about the service the department will provide and what customers can expect from the department.
slot A permission for an aircraft movement. A slot allocated under the Slot Management Scheme permits a specified aircraft movement at a specified time on a specified day.

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Last Updated: 29 October, 2014