Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO): An order issued from time to time by the government and signed by the Governor-General which establishes the matters or outcomes to be dealt with by each department of state, and the Acts to be administered by each minister.
Administered items: Revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities that the government controls, but which an agency or authority manages on the government's behalf.
Agency: A department of state, department of parliament and prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): The premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region comprising 21 Member Economies.
Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA): An agreement between an employer and an employee about the terms and conditions of employment, made under the Workplace Relations Act 1996.
Certified Agreement (CA): A collective agreement relating to employment conditions made directly between an employer and a group of employees.
Chief Executive's Instructions provide instructions and guidance for accountability requirements under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.
Competitive tendering and contracting (CTC): The process of contracting out the delivery of government activities previously performed by an Australian Government agency to another organisation.
Council of Australian Governments (COAG): The peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association.
Equity: Also known as net assets, it is the residual interest in the assets of an entity after deduction of its liabilities.
First Ministers: The Prime Minister, state Premiers and territory Chief Ministers.
Non-ongoing employee: An Australian Public Service employee who is employed for a specific term or task, or for duties that are irregular or intermittent as per paragraph 22(2)(b) and (c) of the Public Service Act 1999.
Ongoing employee: A person engaged as an ongoing APS employee as per paragraph 22(2)(a) of the Public Service Act 1999.
Outcomes and outputs structure. This structure reflects an agency's business and enables sound performance reporting to parliament. Outcomes are the results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government affecting the Australian community. Outputs contribute to outcomes. They are the goods or services produced by agencies on behalf of the government and are specified by price, quantity and quality.
Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS): These statements explain the provisions of the Appropriation Bills (Budget Bills), that is, where appropriated funds are to be spent.
Portfolio agencies: The different government agencies which are accountable to a minister. For a list of the Prime Minister's portfolio agencies see page 13.
Price of outputs: The government's contribution to the department's direct costs in producing required outputs and associated indirect costs,
such as corporate overheads. It does not include,
for example, revenue from independent sources.
Reasonable adjustment: The principle of providing an employee with a disability with services and/or facilities to assist them in carrying out the inherent requirements of their employment, where this does not impose unjustifiable hardship on the employer.
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