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Exports: All Agencies Agency Employee Headcounts
National Archives of Australia, Australian Governments’ Interactive Functions Thesaurus, 2nd edition, September 2005, published at http://www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping/thesaurus/index.htm
Organisational Data Sources
http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Browse/Results/ByTitle/AdministrativeArrangementsOrders/Current/Ad/0 defines departments
Agencies can be found in the Schedule to an Appropriation Bill (budget), Schedule to FMA Regulations and/or Public Service Act.
http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/flipchart/docs/FMACACFlipchart.pdf summarises these. view-source:https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public.advancedsearch.home is great for the suspended/active status
Fraud in gov depts by Fairfax Media http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service-keeps-fraud-cases-private-20110923-1kpdr.html
When defining the hierachy, this system is designed towards monitoring accountablity. Thus large agencies that have registered their own ABN
and have their own accountablity mechanisms/website receive a seperate record as a child of their department.
Some small agencies will choose to simply rely on their parent department's accountablity measures.
This flows through to organisation name and other/past names. A department that completely accounts for an agency will list that agency as an other child name.
As agencies themselves shift between departments, there may be scope for providing time ranges but typically the newest hierarchy will be the one recorded.
A department/agency name will be the newest active name assigned to that ABN.
ABN information is derived from the ABR. This is the definitive umpire about which former name should be linked to which current name.
For example "Department of Transport and Regional Services" became "Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government" (same ABN)
however it later split into "Department of Infrastructure and Transport" (same ABN)
and "Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government" (new ABN).
Statistical information from http://www.apsc.gov.au/stateoftheservice/1011/statsbulletin/section1.html#t2total https://www.apsedii.gov.au/apsedii/CustomQueryx33.shtml
and individual annual reports.