Glossary

Accident An incident where a person suffers serious or fatal injuries or where property is extensively damaged.
Accountable Authority Instructions Instructions that the accountable authority of an entity is authorised to give to officials in the entity on any matter necessary or convenient for the carrying out or giving effect to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
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 monies 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 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 An agreement between an employer and an employee about the terms and conditions of employment.
Division An organisational unit within the Department which is managed by an executive director and reports to the Secretary of the Department.
Competitive tendering and contracting The process of contracting out the delivery of government activities by an Australian Government entity 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.
Ecological 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 the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines.
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 entity 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.

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Last Updated: 7 December, 2015