Part 8: Key terms and index

Accident An incident where a person suffers serious or fatal injuries or where property is extensively damaged.
Accountable Authority Instructions Instructions that the accountable authority of an entity is authorised to give to officials in the entity on any matter necessary or convenient for the carrying out or giving effect to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
Administrative Arrangements Order A document that provides for the arrangements of government administration, including the matters that are dealt with by each department and the legislation administered by each minister.
Administered item A component of an administered programme.
Aerotropolis A metropolitan subregion where the layout, infrastructure, and economy are centred on an airport (such as the Western Sydney Airport)
Air services arrangements Treaty-level aviation agreements negotiated with international governments. Air service arrangements may contain provisions on the routes airlines can fly, the number of flights that can be operated, tariffs and the number of airlines designated to operate services.
Benefit cost ratios Benefit cost ratios (BCRs) are an indicator for planning, evaluation and investment as they summarise the overall value for money of a project. A result over 1.0 indicates the economic benefits for the project are greater than the economic costs.
Black Spot These road sites have been identified as high risk areas for serious crashes.
Corporate governance The process by which agencies are directed and controlled. It is generally understood to encompass authority, accountability, stewardship leadership, direction and control.
Division An organisational unit within the department, which is managed by an executive director and reports to the Secretary.
Ecological sustainable development Using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained and the total quality of life, now and in the future can be increased.
Enterprise agreement An agreement made at enterprise level between employers and employees about the terms and conditions of employment.
Federally leased airport The leased federal airports in each state and territory that were granted on long-term leases to private entities between 1997 and 2003.
Freight Goods transported by truck, train, ship or aircraft.
General Government Sector A classification of entities controlled and largely funded by the Australian Government. The sector provides public services for the collective consumption of the community or services that involve the transfer and redistribution of income. All government departments are classified as General Government Sector entities.
Grant Commonwealth financial assistance as defined under the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines.
Greenhouse gas emissions Emissions that to climate change such as carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide and methane. In vehicles, the principal greenhouse gas is CO2.
Heavy vehicle road reform Road charging and investment reform with the goal of turning the provision of heavy vehicle road infrastructure into an economic service where feasible. This would see a market established that links the needs of heavy vehicle users with the level of service they receive, the charges they pay and the investment of those charges back into road services.
Portfolio Budget Statements A budget-related paper detailing budget initiatives and appropriations, by outcome and program, for each entity within a portfolio.
Program An activity or group of activities that delivers benefits or services or transfers payments to individuals, industry or the community as a whole.
Regional Development Australia committee Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia's regions. A national network of RDA committees has been established to achieve this objective.
Road user charging Direct charging that reflects each user's own consumption of the road network.

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Last Updated: 12 November, 2018