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AAD Australian Antarctic Division

AAGE Australian Association of Graduate Employers

ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ACCESS Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator

ACCESS-Fire a fire prediction version of ACCESS

ACCESS-S a seasonal prediction version of ACCESS

ACT Australian Capital Territory

ADF Australian Defence Force

AEMO The Australian Energy Market Operator

AEST Australian Eastern Standard Time

AFAC National Council for Fire and Emergency

AMBLS Automated meteorological balloon launching systems

ANAO Australian National Audit Office

APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

API Application Programming Interface

APS Australian Public Service

APSC Australian Public Service Commission

ASO Administrative Service Officer

AWRA Australian Water Resources Assessment

Australis the Bureau’s supercomputer

AWS Automatic Weather Station


BARRA Bureau of Meteorology atmospheric high-resolution regional reanalysis for Australia

BOM Bureau of Meteorology

BOMIdeas Bureau’s online research community

BMTC Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre


CARES Compensation and Rehabilitation Employee Services

CEO Chief Executive Officer

cm Centimetre

CORE Online training to engage staff and improve cultural awareness

CO Carbon Dioxide

COSPPac2 Climate and Oceans Support Program for the Pacific

CPA Certified Practising Accountant

CRM Customer relationship management

CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

CSS Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme

Cth Commonwealth


DCB Departmental Capital Budget

DMSU Defence Meteorological Support Unit


EA Enterprise Agreement

EPMO Enterprise Project Management Office

ESCI Electricity Sector Climate Information


FAICD Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

FBT Fringe Benefits Tax

FLARE Flash Flood Advisory Resource

FMA Floodplain Management Australia

FOI Freedom of Information

FOI Act Freedom of information Act 1982

FRR Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015

FTSE Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Services and Engineering


GPS Global Positioning System

GSO General Service Officer

GST Goods and Services Tax


Ha Hectares

HF High Frequency

HOA Head of Agency

HPC High Performance Computing

HR Human Resources

HRS Hydrologic Reference Station

HS&E Health, Safety and Environment

HSR Health and Safety


IAGDP Indigenous Australian Government Development Program

ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization

ICT Information and Communication Technology

IDAHOBIT International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia

IMO International Maritime Organization

IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (of UNESCO)

IOTWMS Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System

IPS Information Publication Scheme

ISO International Organization of Standardization

IT Information technology

ITO Information Technology Officer

ITIL Informational Technology Infrastructure Library

IWK Indigenous Weather Knowledge


JATWC Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre

JWGFVR Joint Working Group on Verification on Forecast Research


kl kilolitre

km kilometre

KPI Key Performance Indicator

kWh kilowatt hour


LGBTIQ+ People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or otherwise sexually or gender diverse

LIS NASA land information system


MBA Master of Business Administration

METAREA geographical sea regions for coordinating the transmission of meteorological information

miPDS Employee Performance Development Scheme

MOU Memorandum of Understanding


NAIDOC National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NATA National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia

NFWIWG National Flood Warning Infrastructure Working Group

NMHS National Meteorological and Hydrological Services

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NPS Net Promoter Score

NSW New South Wales

NSW OEH NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

NT Northern Territory

NWP Numerical Weather Prediction

NZ New Zealand


OceanMAPS Ocean Modelling, Analysis, and Prediction System

OPA Official Public Account


PAES Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements

PGPA Act Public Governance, Performance and

Accountability Act 2013

PGPA Rule Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

PO Professional Officer

POMS Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome

PSLGM Pacific Sea Level and Geodetic Monitoring Project

PSPF Protective Security Policy Framework

PSS Public Sector Superannuation Scheme

PSSap PSS accumulation plan


Qld Queensland


R&D research and development

RAAF Royal Australian Air Force

Rainfields 3 a tool that provides real-time quality- controlled rainfall estimates and forecasts

RPV6 Research Plan 6

ROBUST A program to increase resilience of critical business functions

RS Research Scientist


SA South Australia

SafetyNET Inmarsat satellite service

SAROM South Australian regional ocean model

SES State Emergency Service

SES Senior Executive Service

SIA Strategy in Action

SDG Sustainable Development Goal

SSM Strategic Success Measure

STEM Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Tas Tasmania

TAOCCC Trial Automation of Observations at Cairns, Canberra and Coolangatta

TC tropical cyclone

TO Technical Officer

TR Trainee

TSP Tsunami Service Provider


UK United Kingdom

UM Unified Model

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

US United States of America

UV Ultraviolet


Vic Victoria


WA Western Australia

WHS Work Health and Safety

WHSMS Work Health and Safety Management System

WIRADA Water Information Research and Development Alliance

WMO World Meteorological Organization

WWMIWS Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service