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Administered Item

Revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities that the Government controls, but which an agency or authority manages on the Commonwealth’s behalf.

Annual Performance Statement

A requirement under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 taking effect from 1 July 2015. The statement is designed to provide a line of sight between planned non-financial performance outlined in the department’s corporate plan and actual performance over the reporting period.


An amount of public monies parliament authorises for spending for a particular purpose.


The Australian Government’s web-based procurement system, which provides centralised access to all publicly available approaches to market, multi-use lists, annual procurement plans and reported contracts.

Budget Measure

A decision by Cabinet or ministers that has resulted in a cost or saving to outlays.

Effectiveness Indicators

Measures of the joint or independent contribution of outputs and administered items to the achievement of their specified outcome.


Employment services arrangements that commenced 1 July 2015.

Performance Indicators

Financial and non-financial measures used to help define and evaluate an organisation’s success. An indicator is usually selected on the basis of relevance as a measure of some aspect of a specific project or operation.


The Government's objectives in each portfolio area. Outcomes are desired results, impacts or consequences for the Australian community as influenced by the actions of the Government. Actual outcomes are assessments of the end results or impacts actually achieved.

Portfolio Budget Statements

Budget-related paper detailing Budget initiatives and explanations of appropriations specified by outcome and program by each agency within a portfolio.


Government programs deliver benefits, services or transfer payments to individuals, industry, business or the community as a whole and are the primary vehicles for government agencies to achieve the intended results of their outcome statements.

Sustainable Development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.