Glossary

​​​administered items: revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities that the government controls, but which an agency or authority manages on the government’s behalf

agvet chemicals: chemicals and medicines used in agricultural and veterinary sciences

APS employee: a person engaged under section 22, or a person who is engaged as an Australian public service employee under section 72 of the Public Service Act 1999

biosecurity: the protection of the economy, environment and people’s health from pests and diseases

biosecurity continuum: the management of biosecurity risks offshore, at the border and onshore, with an emphasis on intelligence and information analysis, planning, verifying and auditing third-party service providers

certification of exports: the provision of official documentation confirming that goods exported from Australia conform to the importing countries conditions

cost-recovery: the charging of fees to cover the costs of provision of government goods and services.

Doha: a round of World Trade Organization multilateral trade negotiations launched in Doha in November 2001

enterprise agreement: an agreement between an employer and a group of employees, or between an employer and a union or unions representing employees, made under the Fair Work Act 2009

G20: the Group of Twenty forum for international economic cooperation, comprising members from 19 countries and the European Union

headcount: the number of actual individuals—including staff on temporary transfer from other agencies and staff on any type of leave—employed at the time the data is collected. The total headcount figure only excludes office holders

key performance indicators: a concise list of indicators that are used to measure agency effectiveness in achieving a government’s outcomes

levies: money collected and administered by the department on behalf of industry for use in research and development, marketing and promotion, plant and animal health programmes and residue testing activities that benefit industry

market access: the openness of a country’s trading market to foreign goods and services

outcomes: 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 achieved

outputs: the goods and services produced by agencies on behalf of government for external organisations or individuals. Outputs also include goods and services for other areas of government external to the agency

performance information: evidence about performance that is collected and used systematically. Evidence may relate to appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency. It may be about outcomes, factors that affect outcomes and what can be done to improve them

programme: the name given to the variety of activities a government agency may undertake to achieve stated outcomes

Portfolio additional estimates statements: statements prepared by portfolios to explain additional Budget appropriations in terms of outcomes and outputs

Portfolio budget statements: statements prepared by portfolios to explain the Budget appropriations in terms of outcomes and outputs (that is, where the appropriated funds are going to be spent) purchaser–provider arrangements: arrangements under which the outputs of one agency are purchased by another agency to contribute to outcomes.

Purchaser–provider: arrangements can occur between Australian Government agencies and state or territory government agencies or private sector bodies​

quota: a limit to the amount of a particular commodity that can be exported or imported

sanitary and phytosanitary: relating to issues of human, animal and plant health, most often in regard to biosecurity measures

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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