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Glossary

Term

Meaning

Accountable authority instructions

Instructions issued to manage the affairs of an entity to promote the efficient, effective, economical and ethical use of commonwealth resources.

Administered items

Items that are usually managed by an entity on behalf of the government. Entities do not have control over these items, which are normally related to activities governed by eligibility rules and conditions established by legislation (for example, grants, subsidies and benefit payments).

Appropriation

Public monies the parliament authorises the Australian Government to withdraw from the consolidated Revenue Fund for specified purposes.

AusTender

The central web based facility for the publication of Australian Government procurement information, including business opportunities, annual procurement plans and procurement plans awarded.

Comcare

The Australian Government's workers' compensation insurer.

Commonwealth Procurement Rules

Rules representing the Government policy framework under which Commonwealth entities undertake their own procurement in line with both Australia’s international obligations and good practice. They enable agencies to design processes that are robust and transparent, and instil confidence in the Australian Government’s procurement.

Enterprise Agreement

An employment agreement made directly between an employer and employees

fraud

Dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means. Accountable authorities of Commonwealth entities must take all reasonable measures to prevent, detect and deal with fraud in accordance with section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.

headcount

The actual number of employees employed in an agency.

Memorandum of Understanding

A document that describes the general principles of an agreement between parties, but does not amount to a substantive contract.

non-ongoing staff member

A person engaged as an employee under section 22 (2) (b) of the Public Service Act 1999.

ongoing staff member

A person engaged as an ongoing employee under section 22 (2)(a) of the Public Service Act 1999.

outcome

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

Portfolio Budget Statements

Statements that inform parliamentarians and the public of the proposed allocation of resources to government outcomes. They also assist the Senate standing committees with their examination of the government’s budget. Portfolio Budget Statements are tabled in parliament on budget night and published as budget-related papers.

programs

Action taken by the Government to deliver the stated outcomes.

Resource Management Framework

Governs how the Commonwealth public sector uses and manages public resources. The PGPA Act is the foundation of the framework.

risk management

The systematic application of management through policies, procedures and practices to clearly identify, analyse, evaluate, treat and monitor risks associated with those opportunities. Risk is broadly defined as the effect of uncertainty on objectives or the impacts of unforeseen events or undesirable outcomes.

Service Delivery Office

A service provider under the Whole-of-Government Shared Services Program providing payroll and finance services to IPEA.