Glossary

1-tonne mass transfer arrangements Arrangements for amending the Heavy Vehicle National Law to allow up to one tonne of a load to be transferred from single or tandem axle groups to a tri-axle group.
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 programme.
appropriation An authorisation by parliament to spend moneys from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for a particular purpose.
airside areas The part of an airport nearest the aircraft, the boundary of which is the security check, customs and passport control.
Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate The Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate oversees the reconstruction activity undertaken by state governments following natural disaster events that occurred in Queensland between late 2010 and June 2013 and in Victoria in early 2011.
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.
ecologically sustainable development Using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased.
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 3A(1) and 3A(2) of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997.
hydrowood The recovery of log and other wood resources from land inundated by water.
last ports of call Airports hosting direct flights to Australia.
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.
Portfolio Budget Statements A Budget-related paper detailing budget initiatives and appropriations, by outcome and programme, for each agency within a portfolio.
programme An activity or group of activities that delivers benefits or services or transfers payments to individuals, industry or the community as a whole.
service charter A public statement about the service the department will provide and what customers can expect from the department.
Slot 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: 3 February, 2015