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Glossary

2011 agency survey
The agency survey conducted in June–July 2011 for the State of the Service report
2011 employee survey
The random sample survey conducted in May–June 2011 for the State of the Service report, completed by 10,222 APS employees
2012 agency survey
The agency survey conducted in June–July 2012 for the State of the Service report
2012 employee census
The employee census conducted in May–June 2012 for the State of the Service report, completed by 87,214 APS employees
ABCC
Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner
ABS
Australian Bureau of Statistics
ACLEI
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
ACT
Australian Capital Territory
Act
Public Service Act 1999
AEC
Australian Electoral Commission
AGIMO
Australian Government Information Management Office
AHL
Aboriginal Hostels Limited
ANAO
Australian National Audit Office
ANZSCO
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
APS200
The APS200 comprises SES Band 3 or equivalent officers from agencies that employ staff under the Public Service Act 1999. APS200 members support the Secretaries Board by undertaking strategic projects and initiatives as cross-portfolio teams.
APS
Australian Public Service
APSC
Australian Public Service Commission
APSED
Australian Public Service Employment Database
APSjobs
APSjobs is the recruitment website for APS agencies to post employment notices.
APS Reform Blueprint
Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration
ARC
Australian Research Council
ASIC
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
ASQA
Australian Skills Quality Authority
ATO
Australian Taxation Office
AusAID
Australian Agency for International Development
AWM
Australian War Memorial
AWPA
Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency
Bargaining Framework
APS Bargaining Framework
BoM
Bureau of Meteorology
CEO
Chief Executive Officer
CER
Clean Energy Regulator
CGC
Commonwealth Grants Commission
COAG
Council of Australian Governments
Code
APS Code of Conduct (s. 13 of the Public Service Act 1999)
Commission
Australian Public Service Commission
Commissioner
Public Service Commissioner
CSPS
United Kingdom Civil Service People Survey
CSS
Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
Customs
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
DAFF
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
DCCEE
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
DEEWR
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Defence
Department of Defence
DFAT
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
DHS
Department of Human Services
DIAC
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
DIISRTE
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
DIT
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
DoHA
Department of Health and Ageing
DVA
Department of Veterans' Affairs
EAS
Ethics Advisory Service
EEO
Equal employment opportunity
EL
Executive Level
Engagement
An engagement refers to the appointment of employees under section 22 of the Public Service Act 1999. Employees of agencies moving into coverage of the Act are counted as engagements.
EOWA
Equal Opportunity For Women in the Workplace Agency
Exit rate
Is calculated as the number of separations from an agency plus the number of transfers and promotions out of the agency during the reporting period, divided by the average number of employees at the beginning and end of the reporting period. It refers to ongoing employees only.
FaHCSIA
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
FWBC
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate, trading as Fair Work Building and Construction
Finance
Department of Finance and Deregulation
FMC
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia
FTE
Full-time equivalent
Future Fund
Future Fund Management Agency
Gov 2.0
The use of new collaborative tools and approaches of Web 2.0
Government 2.0
See Gov 2.0
HR
Human resources
HSE
United Kingdom Civil Service Health and Safety Executive
ICT
Information and communications technology
Indigenous
A person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives.
Indigenous Australians
See Indigenous
IT
Information technology
ITSA
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia
MAC
Management Advisory Committee
Median
One type of average, found by arranging the values in order and then selecting the one in the middle.
MOPS Act
Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MRT/RRT
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal
NBA
National Blood Authority
Non-ongoing
Non-ongoing employment refers to the engagement of APS employees for a specified term, for the duration of a specified task or for duties that are irregular or intermittent under section 22(2)(b) and (c) of the Public Service Act 1999.
NOPSEMA
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority
OECD
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
ONA
Office of National Assessments
Ongoing
Ongoing employment refers to the engagement of an APS employee on an ongoing basis under section 22(2)(a) of the Public Service Act 1999.
ORER
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator
PC
Productivity Commission
PM&C
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Promotions
The assignment to an ongoing employee (other than a trainee) of duties at a higher classification than the employee's current classification, unless the assignment is temporary. ‘Promotions’ include advancements within a broadband.
PSR
Professional Services Review
Regulations
Public Service Regulations 1999
Secretaries Board
An APS leadership forum of Secretaries and the Public Service Commissioner
Separation
A separation occurs when an employee ceases to be employed under the Public Service Act 1999. It does not refer to employees moving from one APS agency to another.
SES
Senior Executive Service
SEWPaC
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Strategic Centre
Centre for Leadership and Learning
Temporary assignment
Employees performing duties at a higher classification
TEQSA
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
Transfers
Movement of employees at level between positions or agencies
Treasury
Department of the Treasury
TSRA
Torres Strait Regional Authority
UK
United Kingdom
US
United States of America
Values
APS Values (s.10 (1) of the Public Service Act 1999)
Web 2.0
Examples of Web 2.0 include social media and networking tools (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs and wikis)