Abbreviations, acronyms and symbols

Abbreviations and acronyms

Abbreviations and acronyms Description
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ADF Australian Defence Force
ADHA Australian Digital Health Agency
AHMAC Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council
AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AIHW Act Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987
AMR Australian Mesothelioma Registry
ANAO Australian National Audit Office
APS Australian Public Service
ATWD Australian Teacher Workforce Data Set
BMI body mass index
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CIHI Canadian Institute for Health Information
CNS central nervous system
COAG Council of Australian Governments
DOMINO Data Over Multiple Individual Occurrences
DSS Australian Government Department of Social Services
EA AIHW’s Enterprise Agreement
ED emergency department
EEO Act Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1987
EL Executive Level
FACS New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services
FaHCSIA (former) Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
FOI Act Freedom of Information Act 1982
FRR Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015
FTE full-time equivalent
GDP gross domestic product
GRIM General Record of Incidence of Mortality
GST goods and services tax
HTML hypertext markup language
HSPC Health Services Principal Committee
ICD-11 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 11th Revision
ICOH International Commission on Occupational Health
ICT information and communications technology
IDAHOBIT International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Institute Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
IPA Individual Performance Agreement [for AIHW staff]
IT information technology
MBS Medicare Benefits Schedule
LGBTQI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex
METeOR AIHW’s Metadata Online Registry
MORT Mortality Over Regions and Time
MoU memorandum of understanding
NABERS National Australian Built Environment Rating System
NACDC National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse
NHIDISC National Health Data Information Standards Committee
NHPF National Health Performance Framework
NIHSI National Integrated Health Services Information
NSHS National Social Housing Survey
NSW New South Wales
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
PBS Portfolio Budget Statements
PDF portable document format
PGPA Act Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
PGPA Rule Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014
PHN Primary Health Network
PM&C Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
RACP Royal Australasian College of Physicians
RMS Rehabilitation Management System
SA South Australia
SAMAC AIHW’s Statistical and Analytical Methods Advisory Committee
SCNHI Strategic Committee for National Health Information
SES Senior Executive Service
SOMIH State Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing
WHO World Health Organization
WHS work health and safety
WHS Act Work Health and Safety Act 2011


Symbol Description
% per cent
n.a. not available (in tables)
n.a. not applicable (in figures)
not defined, nil or rounded to zero (in tables)
. . not applicable (in tables)