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Glossary of Acronyms

Abbreviations and acronyms in common parlance in Australia:

Note: if you are looking for a list of abbreviations for legal publications, a good and comprehensive list is available at Monash Uni.

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2PP = two-party-preferred

A'asia = Australasia

A-G(***) = Attorney-General (State)

A-G(Cth) = Attorney-General (Commonwealth)

AA => environment

AAG => corporate

AAS => corporate

AASB => corporate

AAP = Australian Associated Press

AARF => corporate

AAU => environment

AAPMN = Australian-Asian Pacific Mining Network

AAT = Administrative Appeals Tribunal

AATA = Administrative Appeals Tribunal

ABA = Australian Bar Association

ABA = Australian Broadcasting Authority

ABARE => environment

ABC = Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABCC = Australian Building & Construction Commissioner

ABN = Australian Business Number

ABS = Australian Bureau of Statistics

ABT = Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

ACCC = Australian Competition (and) Consumer Commission

ACCRA => environment

ACF = Australian Conservation Foundation

ACGG => environment

ACJ = Acting Chief Justice

ACMA = Australian Communications (and) Media Authority

ACN = Australian Company Number

ACOSS = Australian Council Of Social Service

ACT = Australian Capital Territory

ACTTLC = Australian Capital Territory Trades (and) Labour Council

ACTSC = ACT Supreme Court

ACTU = Australian Council (of) Trade Unions

ADI = Authorised deposit-taking institution

ADT = Administrative Decisions Tribunal

ADV = apprehended domestic violence

Adv.Op. = advisory opinion

ADF = Approved Deposit Fund

ADF = Australian Defence Force

ADF = Australian Drug Foundation

AEC = Australian Electoral Commission

AEU = Australian Education Union

AEU => environment

AFC = Australian Film Commission

AFL = Australian Football League

AFP = Australian Federal Police

AFPA = Australian Federal Police Association

AFR = Australian Financial Review

AFSL = Australian Financial Services Licence

Age = The (Melbourne) Age (newspaper)

AGM => corporate

AGS = Australian Government Solicitor

AIS = Australian Institute (of) Sport

AIDS = acquired immune deficiency virus

AIF = Automated Information Facility (international banking)

AIRC = Australian Industrial Relations Commission

AJ = Acting Justice

AKA = also known as

ALP = Australian Labor Party

ALRC = Australian Law Reform Commission

am = ante meridiem ("in the morning"); See m; See pm;

AMA = Australian Medical Association

AMAA = Australian Media Accreditation Authority

AMIEU = Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union

AMWU = Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union

AMOU = Australian Maritime Officers Union

ANAO = Australian National Audit Office

ANF = Australian Nursing Federation

APESB => corporate

ASPI = Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Annot. = annotation

Antn = annotation

ANSTO = Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

AO = adults only

AP6 = Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate

APAIS = Australian Public Affairs Information Service

APEC = Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (21 economies: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Phillippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Viet Nam)

APESB => corporate

APESMA = Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia

App. = appendix

apptd = appointed

APRA => corporate

APS = See Human Resources Glossary

APV = Apprehended Personal Violence

Arb. = Arbitrator

ARC = Australian Research Council

ARBN = Australian Registered Body Number

ARSN = Australian Registered Scheme Number

Art. = article

ASADA = Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

ASC = Australian Securities Commission

ASC = Australian Sports Commission

ASEAN = Association (of) South East Asian Nations (9 nations: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)

ASEAN Plus Three = (12 nations: ASEAN members plus China, Japan and South Korea)

ASIC => corporate

ASIC = Australian Securities (&) Investments Commission

ASMOF = Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation

Assn = Association

Assoc. = Associate

ASU = Australian Services Union

ASX = Australian Stock Exchange

ATM = automatic teller machine

ATO = Australian Taxation Office

ATSI = Aboriginal (and) Torres Strait Islander (peoples)

aud. = auditor

Aust. = Australia

AUSFTA = Australia United States Free Trade Agreement

AUSTEL = Australian Telecommunications Authority

ASIO = Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation

AVO = Apprehended Violence Order

AWA = Australian Workplace Agreement

AWRIS = Australian Water Resources Information System

AWU = Australian Workers' Union

BAS => corporate

BEP => corporate

BERD = business expenditure (on) research (and) development

BFA = Binding Financial Agreement

bk = book

BoQ = Bank of Queensland

BRAG = Business Regulation Advisory Group

Bros = Brothers

BCA = Business Council (of) Australia

BOP = Balance Of Payments

C of Petty Sessions = Court of Petty Sessions

CA2001 => corporate

CAA = Community Aid Abroad (now Oxfam)

CAC = corporate affairs commission (State)

CAMAC = Corporations And Markets Advisory Committee

CAN = Community Action Network

CASAC = Corporations And Security Advisory Committee

CBD = central business district

CCAF => environment

CCC = Competitive Carriers Coalition (Macquarie Telecom, Verizon Business, PowerTel, Primus Telecom and iiNet)

CCF => environment

CCS => environment

CDM => environment

CEO => corporate

CER => environment

CFC => environment

CFL => environment

CFMEU = Construction, Forestry, Mining (and) Energy Union

CGS = Commonwealth Government Securities

CGT => corporate

CEPU = Communications, Electrical, (and) Plumbing Union

Ch. = Chancellor

ch. = chapter

CHESS = Clearing House Electronic Sub-register System

CIE = Centre (for) International Economics

CJ = Chief Justice

CIA = Central Intelligence Agency (USA)

CFMEU = Construction, Forestry, Mining (and) Energy Union

cl. = clause

CLERP => corporate

CLS = Continuous Linked Settlement

Co. = Company

Co-op. = Co-operative

COAG = Council of Australian Governments

COC = code of conduct

COE = code of ethics

Commn = Commission

controller apptd = Controller appointed

COP = code of practice

COP => environment

Corp. = Corporation

COSS = Council of Social Service

Coy = Company

CPA = Certified Practising Accountant

CPA = Communist Party (of) Australia

CPI = Consumer Price Index

CPM => corporate

CPSU = Community (and) Public Sector Union

CR => corporate

CPRS => environment

CSAB => environment

CSAS => environment

CSHA = Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement

CSIRO = Commonwealth Scientific (and) Industrial Research Organisation

CSP => environment

CSR => corporate

Cth = Commonwealth (of Australia)

CTS = Children's Television Standards

CTTT = Consumer Trader (and) Tenancy Tribunal

CTV = Cable Television

CV = curriculum vitae

CVP => corporate

D-G = Director-General

DC = District Court

DCJ = Judge (of the) District Court

DCT = Deputy Commissioner (of) Taxation

dec'd = deceased

def. = definition

Democrats = Australian Democrats

Dept = Department

DFCT = Deputy Federal Commissioner (of) Taxation

DFDAT = Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

DLP = Democratic Labour Party

Div. = division

Div. Ct = Divisional Court

DOB = date of birth

DOCA = Deed of Company Arrangement (Part 5.3A (Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) See SOA

Doha = not an achronym; called the Doha Round because the negotiations were launched in Doha, Qatar in 2001 and concluded 2006; see also Canc?n 2003, Geneva 2004, Hong Kong 2005, Geneva 2006, Potsdam 2007; see WTO

DPP = Director (of) Public Prosecutions

DR => corporate

DTA = Double Tax Agreement

E&O = errors and omissions

E&OE = errors and omissions excepted

e.g. = exempli gratia (example)

EC = European Commission

ED => corporate

ed. = edition

ed. = editor

EER => environment

EFTPOS = Electronic Funds Transfer (at the) Point of Sale

EGM => corporate

EITE => environment

EMTR = Effective Marginal Tax Rate

EL = See Human Resources Glossary

env. = environment

environ. = environment

EOC = Equal Opportunity Commission

EOI => tender

EOM => corporate

EOP => corporate

EOQ => corporate

EOY => corporate

EPBC => environment

EPS = earnings per share

ERA = Economic Regulation Authority

ERA = Excellence (in) Research (for) Australia


ERP => Risk


ERU => environment

ESAS => environment

ESC => environment

ESRI => environment

ESS => environment

etc. = et cetera (and the rest)

ETP = Eligible Termination Payment

ETS => environment

ETU = Electrical Trades Union (of) Australia

Ex. = exhibit

EU = European Union

f. = folio

FAAA = Flight Attendants Association of Australia

FACTS = Federation (of) Australian Commercial Television Stations

Fam C of A = Family Court of Australia

FamCA = Family Court (of) Australia

FAO = Food (and) Agriculture Organization (of the United Nations)

FARB = Federation (of) Australian Radio Broadcasters

FBEU = (NSW) Fire Brigade Employees' Union

FBT => corporate

FCA = Federal Court (of) Australia

FCT = Federal Commissioner (of) Taxation

FEC = Federal Electorate Council (of the ALP)

Fed. = Federal

Fed C of A = Federal Court of Australia

ff = folios

FIFO => corporate

fig. = figure

Fed C of Bkty = Federal Court of Bankruptcy

Fin Review = Australian Financial Review

FIP = Families In Partnership

FMCG = fast-moving consumer goods (industry) (See Manufacturing and Marketing)

FOI = freedom of information (Federal)

FOI = freedom of information (States)

FOI = freedom of information

FPLP = Federal Parliamentary Labor Party

FSU = Finance Sector Union

FTA = Free Trade Agreement

G9 = now TERRiA

G-20 = Group (of) Twenty (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK, USA, EU, plus IMF and the World Bank)

GA Res = Resolution of United Nations General Assembly

GABBA, the = Brisbane Cricket Ground

GATT = General Agreement (on) Tariffs (and) Trade

Gaz. = gazette

GDP = Gross Domestic Product

Gen X = Generation X (those born 1965 to 1979)

Gen Y = Generation Y (those born 1980 to 1994)

Gen Z = Generation Z (those born 1995 to present)

GHG => environment

GhGE => environment

GhGR => environment

GIC = General Interest Charge

GIO = Government Insurance Office

GIS => environment

GG = Governor-General

GJ => environment

Govt = Government

GPO = "General" (i.e. main city/State) Post Office

GPO = Government Printing Office

GST => corporate

GRB => environment

Greens = The Australian Greens

Gt => environment

GTEM => environment

Gtoe => environment

HACSU = Health And Community Services Union

HC of A = High Court of Australia

HCA = High Court (of) Australia

HCFCs = hydrochlorofleurocarbons

HECS = Higher Education Contribution Scheme

HFC => environment

HGWP => environment

HIV = human immunodeficiency virus

HREOC = Human Rights (and) Equal Opportunity Commission

HSU = Health Services Union (of Australia)

IAS => corporate

ICAC = Independent Commission Against Corruption

ICT = information (and) communications technology

id. = identical

IEU = Independent Education Union (of Australia)

IFRS => corporate

ILO = International Labour Organization

IMG = interest-motivated group

IMF = International Monetary Fund

in liq. = in liquidation

Inc. = Incorporated

in prov. liq. = in provisional liquidation

insrt = inserted

Int. = International

Int'l = International

in vol. liq. = in voluntary liquidation

IOC = International Olympic Committee

IOU = "I owe you"

IP = intellectual property

IP Australia =

IPCC => environment

IPO = Initial Public Offering

IR = industrial relations

IRC = Industrial Relations Commission

IRCA = Industrial Relations Court (of) Australia

ISBN = International Standard Book Number

ism = philosophical tool

IT = information technology

ITT => tender

J = Justice

JA = Judge (of the Court of) Appeal

JDRF = Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JJ = Justices

JJA = Judges (of the Court of) Appeal

JP = Justice (of the) Peace

KPI => corporate

KSI => corporate

Labor = Australian Labor Party

LAFHA = Living Away From Home Allowance

LCJ = Lord Chief Justice

LEC = Land (and) Environment Court

Liberals = Liberal Party

Libs = Liberal Party

LIFO => corporate

LJ = Lord Justice

LJA = Lord Justice (of) Appeal

LHC = Lord High Chancellor

LHMU = Liquor, Hospitality (and) Miscellaneous Union

LHMU = (Australian) Liquor, Hospitality (and) Miscellaneous (Workers) Union

LL = Law Lord

Loc Ct = Local Court

Loc Govt = Local Government

Ltd = Limited

m = meridian ("midday" or "12.00 m" or "12.00 noon"or "12-noon"); See am; See pm;

MAD = mutually assured destruction

MC = Municipal Council

MagCt = Magistrate's Court

MAKPI => corporate

MCG = Melbourne Cricket Ground

MEAA = Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance

MEP => environment

MEPS => environment

Mfg = Manufacturing

min. = Minister (of State)

Minister for = Minister of State for

MIS => corporate

MLC = Member (of the) Legislative Council

MOU = memorandum of understanding

MP = Member (of) Parliament

MPI = matter (of) public importance

MR = Master (of the) Rolls

MS = manuscript

MSS = manuscripts

MUA = Maritime Union (of) Australia

MV = motor vessel

MYEFO = Mid-Year Economic (&) Fiscal Outlook (a federal government mid year economic planning document)

NAFTA = North American Free Trade Agreement (3 countries: Canada, Mexico and the USA)

Nationals = National Party

NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization (26 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Potugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA)

NB = nota bene ("Please take note")

NBN = National Broadband Network

NCC = National Civic Council

NCOS => environment

NCSC = National Companies (&) Securities Commission (now ASIC and CAC (State))

NEMMCO => environment

NESB = non-English speaking background

NFFE => environment

NFP => corporate

NGCC => environment

NGER => environment

NGO = non-governmental organisation

NGR => environment

NIDA = National Institute (of) Dramatic Art

NL = No Liability

NMV => corporate

NMVOC => environment

no = number

No = number (of Act)

NP = National Party

NPI => environment

NPV => corporate

NREU => environment

NSW = New South Wales

NSWSC = NSW Supreme Court

NT = Northern Territory

NTEU = National Tertiary Education Union

NTSC = Northern Territory Supreme Court

NUS = National Union (of) Students

NUW = National Union (of) Workers

NWC = National Water Commission

O. = order

OAS = Organization (of) American States (35 member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela)

OECD = Organisation (for) Economic Co-operation (and) Development (30 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA)

OGC => environment

OPEC = Organization (of the) Petroleum Exporting Countries (12 countries: Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Venezuela)

Ord. = ordinance


OTC = Overseas Telecommunications Commission

Oxfam = used to be Ox(ford Committee for )Fam(ine Relief) now Oxfam

P. = President (of the Court of Appeal)

p. = page

para. = paragraph

PAE = post admission experience

Parl. = Parliament

PASA = Police Association of South Australia

PBS = Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

PAYE = pay as you earn

PAYG = pay as you go

PBS = Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

PDF = Pooled Development Fund

PFC => environment

PINOP = Person In Need Of Protection

PLC = Public Limited Company

pm = post meridiem ("in the evening"); See m; See am; (Note: midnight is "12:00 pm")

pp. = pages

PPP = public-private partnership

PRC = Priorities Review Committee

Pres. = President

Pr. = Precedent

PS => corporate

PSA = Public Service Association

PST = Pooled Superannuation Trust

Pt = part

PTD => corporate

Pte = Private

Pty = Proprietary

Pty Ltd = Proprietary Limited

PTYlarge => corporate

PTYsmall => corporate

PV => environment

QA = quality assurance

QC = quality control

QC = Queen's Counsel

QCA = Queensland Court (of) Appeal

QCU = Queensland Council (of) Unions

QIEU = Queensland Independent Education Union

Qld = Queensland

QNU = Queensland Nurses Union

QPSU = Queensland Public Sector Union

QSC = Queensland Supreme Court

QSU = Queensland Services Union

QTU = Queensland Teachers' Union (of Employees)

r. = rule

R&D = research and development

RAAF = Royal Australian Air Force

RBA = Reserve Bank (of) Australia

REC => environment

RECA => environment

receiver and manager apptd = receiver and manager appointed

REDD => environment

reg. = regulation

reg'd = registered

regs = regulations

REOI => tender

Repat. = Repatriation

RER => environment

RFI => tender

RFP => tender

RFR => tender

RFROI => tender

RFT => tender

RITS = Reserve (Bank) Information (and) Transfer System

RM = risk management

RMU => environment

ROI => tender

rr. = rules

RSL = Returned (&) Services League (of Australia)

RTBU = Australian Rail, Tram (and) Bus Union

RTGS = Real Time Gross Settlement

RV => corporate

s. = section

S-G = Solicitor General

SA = South Australia

SAC => corporate

SAI => environment

SASC = South Australia Supreme Court

SOA = Scheme of Arrangement (Part 5.1 (Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) See DOCA

SBS = Special Broadcasting Service

SC Res. = Security Council (of the United Nations) Resolution

SC = Senior Counsel

SCG = Sydney Cricket Ground

sch. = schedule

SDA = Shop Distributive (and) Allied (Employees Association)

SDRs = special drawing rights (IMF)

SEER => environment

Sen. = Senator

SEO (pronounced letter by letter) => IT

SES = socioeconomic status

SES = State Emergency Services

SES = See Human Resources Glossary

SGM => corporate

SLA Service Level Agreement

SM = Stipendiary Magistrate

SME = small (to) medium enterprise

SMEs = small (to) medium enterprises

SMH = Sydney Morning Herald

SMSF = self-managed superannuation fund

Soc. = Society (See Inc. and Un-Inc.)

SOR => tender

SP => environment

SPS = satellite program services

ss. = sections

SSAT = Social Security Appeals Tribunal

SSTUWA = State School Teachers' Union (of) Western Australia

STD = sexually transmitted disease

STD = subscriber trunk dialling

STP => environment

subcl. = subclause

subdiv. = subdivision

subpara. = subparagraph

subr. = subrule

subreg. = subregulation

subs. = subsection

supp. = supplement

SWIFT = Society (for) Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications

t/as = trading as

TAFE = Technical And Further Education

Tas. = Tasmania

TASSC = Tasmanian Supreme Court

TCFUA = Textile Clothing (and) Footwear Union (of) Australia

TCF = textile, clothing (and) footwear

TD-MI = TD (Securities) - Melbourne Institute (of Applied Economic and Social Research) (Experimental Monthly Inflation Gauge)

TECAP => environment

TERRiA = Not an acronym but the name of a consortium (Optus, Telecom New Zealand (AAPT/PowerTel), iiNet, Macquarie Telecom, Internode, Primus, Soul and TransACT)

TFN => corporate

TLCWA = Trades & Labour Council of Western Australia

TOT = Terms Of Trade

TPA = Trade Practices Act

TPC = Trade Practices Commission

TPT = Trade Practices Tribunal

TPV = Temporary Protection Visa

Treas. = Treasurer

TRIP = trade-related intellectual property

TRIPS = trade-related intellectual property (right)s

TSD = Trilateral Security Dialogue (3 countries: Australia, Japan, and the US)

TTWT => tender

TWU = Transport Workers' Union (of Australia)

UAE = United Arab Emirates

UAP = United Australia Party

UFU = United Firefighters Union

UK = United Kingdom

Un-Inc. = Un-Incorporated

UN = United Nations

UNAIDS = (Joint) United Nations (Programme on HIV/)AIDS

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

UNHCR = United Nations High Commissioner (for) Refugees

Uni. = university/universities (Australia)

uni. = university (related)

UNIC = United Nations Information Centre

UNICEF = United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF Australia = United Nations Children's Fund (Australia)

UNIFEM = United Nations Development Fund for Women

UNYA = United Nations Youth Association

US = United States (of America)

USA = United States (of) America

USU = United Services Union

UTLC = United Trades (and) Labor Council (of South Australia)

v. = versus (used in case names)

VCS => environment

VCU => environment

Vic. = Victoria

VIEU = Victorian Independent Education Union

VOC => environment

Vol. = volume

vol admin apptd = voluntary administrator appointed

vs = versus

VSC = Victorian Supreme Court

VSCA = Victorian Court (of) Appeal

VTHC = Victorian Trades Hall Council

WA = Western Australia

WACA = Western Australia Cricket Association

WAPOU = Western Australia Prison Officers Union

WDV => corporate

WEF = World Economic Forum

WFP = (UN) World Food Programme

WHO = World Health Organization (UN)

WIP => corporate

WMD = weapons (of) mass destruction

WMS => environment

WTO = World Trade Organization (UN)

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