List of Glossary terms

  • Administered item

    Revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities that the Government controls, but that an agency or authority manages on the Commonwealth’s behalf.

  • Appropriation

    An amount of public money parliament authorises for spending for a particular purpose.

  • AusTender

    The Australian Government’s web-based procurement system, which provides centralised access to all publicly available approaches to market, multi-use lists, annual procurement plans and reported contracts.

  • Budget measure

    A decision by Cabinet or Ministers that has resulted in a cost or savings to outlays.

  • Deliverables

    The goods and services produced by the programme in meeting its objective. Collectively, the deliverables represent the intervention Government has chosen to take to meet a particular policy need.

  • 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 actually achieved.

  • Performance indicator

    Financial and non-financial measures used to help define and evaluate an organisation’s success. An indicator is usually selected on the basis of relevance as a measure of some aspect of a specific project or operation.

  • Portfolio Budget Statements

    Budget-related paper detailing Budget initiatives and explanations of appropriations specified by outcome and programme by each agency within a portfolio.

  • Programmes

    Government programmes that deliver benefits, services or transfer payments to individuals, industry/business or the community as a whole and are the primary vehicles for government agencies to achieve the intended results of their outcome statements.

  • Sustainable development

    Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.