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Glossary of terms

Agency – A Department of State, Department of Parliament or prescribed agency under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

APS enterprise –The Australian Public Service as a single entity, running as a single enterprise.

Budget – Sets out the fiscal and economic outlook for Australia for a financial year. It includes expenditure and revenue estimates for the current financial year, the Budget year and the 3 forward financial years.

Closing the Gap – A commitment by all Australian governments to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A national integrated Closing the Gap strategy has been agreed through COAG.

Council of Australian Governments (COAG) – Formerly the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, state premiers, territory chief ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association. On 29 May 2020, National Cabinet agreed to the cessation of COAG and the formation of the National Federation Reform Council.

Enterprise agreement – An agreement about the terms and conditions of employment, made under the Fair Work Act 2009.

National Cabinet – The peak forum, established on 13 March 2020, for the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers to meet and work collaboratively. It is chaired by the Prime Minister.

National Federation Reform Council (NFRC) – The peak forum, established on 29 May 2020, for leaders and treasurers across the Commonwealth and states and territories to focus on priority national federation issues.

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) – Statements of changes since the Budget to the proposed allocation of resources.

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) – Statements that explain where appropriated funds are to be spent for the portfolio.

Secretaries Board –The APS’s principal service-wide governance body. It includes each departmental Secretary, the Australian Public Service Commissioner and the Director-General, National Intelligence.

Secretary’s Instructions – Instructions and guidance provided for accountability requirements under the PGPA Act.