The Department

Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms



AAECP ASEAN- Australia Economic Cooperation Program

ABAC APEC Business Advisory Council

A- based Australia- based officer (at overseas posts)

ACC Australia- China Council

ACFOA Australian Council for Overseas Aid

ACIAR Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

ACT Australian Capital Territory

ADB Asian Development Bank

ADCNET Australian Diplomatic Communications Network

ADF Australian Defence Force

ADS Australian Development Scholarships

AEs Additional Estimates

AFF Australia- France Foundation

AFP Australian Federal Police

AFTA ASEAN Free Trade Agreement

AIC Australia- India Council

AICC Australia International Cultural Council

AIDA Australia Indonesia Development Area

AII Australia- Indonesia Institute

AJF Australia- Japan Foundation

AKF Australia- Korea Foundation

AMS Activity Management System (of AusAID)

ANAO Australian National Audit Office

ANCFU Australian National Commission for UNESCO

ANCP AusAID- NGO Cooperation Program

ANSTO Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

ANU Australian National University

ANZCERTA Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations- Trade Agreement

APEC Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States)

APS Australian Public Service

APTEA Australian Program of Training for Eurasia

ARF ASEAN Regional Forum

ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations (Burma, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam)

ASEM Asia Europe Meeting

ASIS Australian Secret Intelligence Service

ASO Australian Safeguards Office

ASP 2000 Australia South Pacific 2000 (athlete development program extended to 2006)

AusAID Australian Agency for International Development

AUSMIN Australia- United States Ministerial Consultations Austrade Australian Trade Commission


BOP Balance of Payments

BWC Biological Weapons Convention Cairns Group A group of fair trading agricultural exporting countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay)


CASA Common Administrative Services Agreement

CBMs Confidence Building Measures

CCTF Climate Change Task Force

CD Conference on Disarmament

CDC Committee for Development Cooperation

CDI Centre for Democratic Institutions

CER Abbreviation of ANZCERTA (Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations- Trade Agreement)

CHOGM Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

CHR Commission on Human Rights (of the United Nations)

CMAC Cambodian Mine Action Centre

COA Committee on Agriculture

COAG Council of Australian Governments

CTBT Comprehensive Nuclear Test- ban Treaty

CWC Chemical Weapons Convention

CWCO Chemical Weapons Convention Office


DAC Development Assistance Committee (of the OECD)

DAP Direct Aid Program

DFAT Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

DIMA Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

DPRK Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea)

DTA Double Taxation Agreement

DWRSB Department of Workplace Relations and Small Business


EAP Environment Assistance Program

ECOSOC Economic and Social Council (of the United Nations)

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity

EEP US Export Enhancement Program

EMU Economic and Monetary Union (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden)

ESCAP Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific

ETA Electronic Travel Authority

ETMs Elaborately- transformed manufactures

EU European Union (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) euro European single currency, due to come into existence as a unit of account on 1 January 1999

EVSL Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation


FAC Food Aid Convention

FAO Food and Agriculture Organization

FATA Foreign Affairs and Trade Association

FBT Fringe Benefits Tax

FEMM South Pacific Forum Economic Ministers Meeting

FIRM Finance Information on Resource Management

FMA Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997

FMCT Fissile Material Cut- off Treaty

FMIS Financial Management Information System

FOI Freedom of Information FPDA Five Powers Defence Arrangement FTAA Free Trade Area of the Americas (negotiations to integrate the economies of the Western Hemisphere into a single free trade arrangement, due to conclude in 2005) FYROM Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia G8 Group of Eight (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States)


GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

GDP Gross Domestic Product

GEF Global Environment Facility

GNP Gross National Product


HIV Human Immuno- deficiency Virus

HRD Human Resource Development

HRMIS Human Resource Management Information System


IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency

IASA International Administrative Services Agreement

ICC International Criminal Court

ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross

ID Industrial Democracy

IDA International Development Association

IMF International Monetary Fund

IMO International Maritime Organization

IMS International Monitoring System

IOR- ARC Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation

IPPA Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement

ISSS International Seminar Support Scheme

IWC Inhumane Weapons Convention


JMEC Joint Ministerial Economic Commission (between Australia and China)

JSCFADT Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade of the Australian Parliament

JUSCANZ UN environment caucus (Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States)


KEDO Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization


LES Locally- engaged Staff (at overseas posts)


MAI Multilateral Agreement on Investment

MDB Multilateral Development Banks

MERCOSUR The Southern Cone Common Market of South America (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay)

MOA Memorandum of Agreement

MOU Memorandum of Understanding

MTCR Missile Technology Control Regime


NAFTA North American Free Trade Area

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NCCPD National Consultative Committee on Peace and Disarmament

NCDS National Centre for Development Studies

NGO Non- government Organisation

NNS Non National Secure (communications system)

NPT Nuclear Non- proliferation Treaty

NSG Nuclear Suppliers Group


ODA Official Development Assistance

OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States)

OGIT Office of Government Information Technology

OH& S Occupational Health and Safety

OLA Overseas Living Allowance

OPCW Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Paris Club A group of nations that meets on a case- by- case basis to reach a common approach on rescheduling or reducing the debt service on official loans to their countries (France, Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Spain, United States, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland. There are a few additional ad hoc member countries.)

PNG Papua New Guinea

Political- military Political and military talks (for example, between Australia and Japan)

PSLP Private Sector Linkages Program


ROK Republic of Korea (also known as South Korea)

RTA Regional Trade Arrangements


SES Senior Executive Service

SOCOG Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games

SOFT Simplified Overseas Financial Transactions (a simplified accounting package introduced into cash- based small posts)

SPF South Pacific Forum (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribata, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)

SPREP South Pacific Regional Environment Programme

SPS Sanitary and Phytosantiary (measures)

STMs Simply- transformed manufactures

SVP Special Visits Program


TBT WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

TFA Travel Facilitation Arrangement/ Agreement

TIAF Trade and Investment Access Facility

TIFA Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement (with the United States)

TNAS Trade Negotiations Analysis System

TOOS Trade Outcomes and Objectives Statement

TRIM TOWER Records Information Management (automated records management system)

TRIPS Trade- related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

TTMRA Trans- Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement


UK United Kingdom

UN United Nations

UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS

UNCHR United Nations Commission on Human Rights

UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNDAF United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks

UNDG United Nations Development Group

UNDP United Nations Development Programme

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund

UNGA United Nations General Assembly

UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund

UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNSC United Nations Security Council

UNSCOM United Nations Special Commission (in relation to weapons inspection in Iraq)

UPNG University of Papua New Guinea

USA United States of America

USP University of the South Pacific WD Workplace Diversity


WEOG Western European and Other Group (lobby/ electoral group within the UN which includes Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The United States is not a member of WEOG, but regularly attends meetings and is considered a member for electoral purposes.)

WFP World Food Programme

WHO World Health Organization

WRC Workplace Relations Committee

WTO World Trade Organization

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