Part 6: Reader Aids
This part provides explanations of terms and other information to assist readers in navigating the annual report.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
|ANAO||Australian National Audit Office|
|APS||Australian Public Service|
|COAG||Council of Australian Governments|
|EPBC Act||Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999|
|FOI Act||Freedom of Information Act 1982|
|ICT||Information and communications technology|
|LGMF||Local Government Ministers Forum|
|NISU||National Integrity of Sport Unit|
|NPG||National Portrait Gallery|
|PDV||Post, digital and video effects|
|PMCH Act||Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986|
|RDA||Regional Development Australia|
|RDAF||Regional Development Australia Fund|
|SES||Senior Executive Service|
A component of a program.
An authorisation by parliament to spend moneys from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for a particular purpose.
Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate
An entity that was set up to provide assurance that value for money is obtained for the expenditure of both Australian Government and state funds during the recovery and reconstruction phases following natural disasters.
Australian National Audit Office access clauses
Non-mandatory standard access clauses that have been developed for inclusion within tender documentation and contracts to provide the Auditor-General and Australian Government agencies access to information held by contractors, including third-party subcontractors, for the purpose of audits.
The website where Australian Government procurement information is published, including business opportunities, annual procurement plans and procurement contracts awarded.
The Australian Government's general insurance fund. All Australian Government agencies are insured through Comcover.
Commonwealth Procurement Rules
Issued by the Finance Minister, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules are the core procurement policy framework within which agencies undertake their own procurement.
The process by which agencies are directed and controlled. It is generally understood to encompass authority, accountability, stewardship, leadership, direction and control.
An agreement made at enterprise level between employers and employees about terms and conditions of employment.
Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997
Sets out the financial management, accountability and audit obligations of agencies (including departments) that are financially part of the Australian Government (and form part of the general government sector).
Australian Government financial assistance as defined under regulations 3(A) 1 and 3A(2) of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997.
The return of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts or ancestral remains to their communities of origin.
Memorandum of understanding (MOU)
A written agreement between two or more parties that defines the working relationship, expectations and responsibilities of the parties.
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.
Water that is safe for human consumption.
An activity or group of activities that delivers benefits or services or transfers payments to individuals, industry or the community as a whole.
Regional Development Australia
A national network of 55 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions. It is funded by the Australian Government and by state, territory and local governments in some jurisdictions.
An outline of priorities developed by each Regional Development Australia committee for their region, which guides the committee in their work to strengthen their communities.
The culture, frameworks and structures that guide the effective management of potential opportunities and adverse effects. Risk management involves the systematic application of management policies, procedures and practices to the steps of identifying, analysing, evaluating, treating, monitoring and communicating risk.
The official consent that the Governor General, as the sovereign's representative in Australia, provides to a bill passed by parliament. Once a bill receives royal assent, it can become law.
List of Requirements
|Letter of transmittal||i|
|Table of contents||iii|
|Contact officer||Inside sleeve|
|Internet home page address and internet address for report||Inside sleeve|
|Review by secretary|
|Review by departmental secretary||2|
|Role and functions||4|
|Organisational structure||68, 70|
|Outcome and program structure||5|
|Where outcome and program structures differ from Portfolio Budget Statements, Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements or other portfolio statements accompanying any other additional appropriation bills (other portfolio statements), details of variation and reasons for change||N/A|
|Report on performance|
|Review of performance during the year in relation to programs and contribution to outcomes||Outcome 1: 8–38 Outcome 2: 42–47 Outcome 3: 48–57 Outcome 4: 60–64|
|Actual performance in relation to deliverables and key performance indicators set out in Portfolio Budget Statements, Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements or other portfolio statements||Outcome 1: 8–38 Outcome 2: 42–47 Outcome 3: 48–57 Outcome 4: 60–64|
|Where performance targets differ from the Portfolio Budget Statements or Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements, details of both former and new targets, and reasons for the change||N/A|
|Narrative discussion and analysis of performance||Outcome 1: 8–38 Outcome 2: 42–47 Outcome 3: 48–57 Outcome 4: 60–64|
|Trend information||Outcome 1: 8–38 Outcome 2: 42–47 Outcome 3: 48–57 Outcome 4: 60–64|
|Social inclusion outcomes||N/A|
|Performance against service charter customer service standards, complaints data, and the department’s response to complaints||N/A|
|Discussion and analysis of the department’s financial performance||94|
|Discussion of any significant changes from the prior year, from budget or anticipated to have a significant impact on future operations||2|
|Agency resource statement and summary resource tables by outcomes||98|
|Management and accountability|
|Agency heads are required to certify that their agency complies with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines||i|
|Statement of the main corporate governance practices in place||74|
|Significant developments in external scrutiny||77|
|Judicial decisions and decisions of administrative tribunals||78|
|Reports by the Auditor-General, a parliamentary committee or the Commonwealth Ombudsman||77|
|Management of human resources|
|Assessment of effectiveness in managing and developing human resources to achieve departmental objectives||86|
|Statistics on staffing||86–88|
|Enterprise or collective agreements, individual flexibility arrangements, determinations, common law contracts and Australian workplace agreements||90|
|Assessment of effectiveness of assets management||85|
|Assessment of purchasing against core policies and principles||83|
|Consultancy and contract information, including:
|Absence of provisions in contracts allowing access by the Auditor-General||83|
|Contracts exempt from the AusTender||84|
|Other mandatory information|
|Work health and safety (Schedule 2, Part 4 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011)||89|
|Advertising and Market Research (section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918) and statement on advertising campaigns||84|
|Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance (section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999)||214|
|Disability reporting—explicit and transparent reference to agency level information available through other reporting mechanisms||91|
|Information Publication Scheme statement||82|
|Spatial reporting—expenditure by program between regional and non regional Australia||95|
|Correction of material errors in the previous annual report||Inside Cover|
|Agency resource statements and resources for outcomes||100–104|
|List of requirements||229|