CRS Manual - Summary CRS Thesaurus terms

Summary CRS Thesaurus terms

The purpose of the CRS Thesaurus is to provide a thesaurus of terms to attach to a disposal class and to agency registrations. The terms reflect at a broad level the function performed by the class. This summary indicates preferred terms only, of which there are 256. The Browse Thesaurus function in RecordSearch may also help to identify the right term. RecordSearch also provides scope notes for the narrower terms in the right hand column.

List of generic activities

The list at the end of the summary is in the thesaurus only as a temporary measure until functional-based thesauri are transferred to NAA with disposal classes. The generic activities should not be added to agency registrations.

The terms in this thesaurus are also used to retrieve keywords in all title and note fields in RecordSearch.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

SCOPE NOTE Provision of legal advice, formulation of legislation and provision of legal aid services. Also includes responsibility and protection of the civil and consumer rights of individuals. USE Justice Administration for the Commonwealth Law Court System and USE Law Enforcement for policing functions

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Bankruptcy

Censorship

Consumer affairs

Copyright

Human rights

Legal aid

Legal services

Ombudsman

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

SCOPE NOTE Functions relating to the provision of services to the Commonwealth Government and general public, including leasing, purchasing, storage, protection of government and diplomatic buildings

NT

NT


NT

NT

 

 

 

NT

NT

NT

Freight

Goods and Services

Government accommodation and catering

Property management

NT Acquisition

NT Leasing

NT Maintenance

Removals

Storage

Valuation

Audit

SCOPE NOTE Auditing and financial scrutiny of government operations, including departments, and autonomous or independent bodies

Cabinet

SCOPE NOTE Provision of secretariat services to Cabinet, Cabinet Committees and special wartime Cabinets

Ceremonial functions

SCOPE NOTE Includes government involvement in state ceremonial affairs; Imperial and Australian honours and decorations; official ceremonial, protocol; gifts and pageantry

Colonial Administration

HISTORY NOTE In 1901 the Commonwealth Government inherited several functions previously carried out by the colonies such as Colony of New South Wales. Examples of these functions include postal services, operation of lighthouses, and customs

Committees of Inquiry

SCOPE NOTE Independent investigations and reviews established for specific purposes and abolished on completion of their tasks

COMMUNICATIONS

SCOPE NOTE Electronic and print media and publishing, postal or telecommunications operations of the government (eg Australia Post). Also includes operation of government broadcasting stations and regulation of the broadcasting industry

NT

Broadcasting

NT Radio broadcasting

NT Television broadcasting

NT

NT

NT

NT

Government media

Postal services

Publishing and printing

Telecommunications

CULTURAL AFFAIRS

SCOPE NOTE Government involvement in the management, operation and support for the arts and cultural organisations such as museums, libraries and art galleries 

NT

NT

 

NT

NT

Archives administration

Arts development

NT Film production

Collection management

Literature funding

 

DEFENCE

SCOPE NOTE Administration and development of defence policy in time of peace or war. Includes military protection of Australia and the coordination of natural disaster services, the management of the defence industries infrastructure, defence scientific research and the collection of information of a strategic nature

NT

Defence administration

 

NT Defence coordination

NT Natural disasters

NT

Defence forces

 

NT Air Force

NT Air Force administration

NT Air Force Commands

NT Air operations

NT Logistics (Air Force)

NT Training (Air Force)

 

NT Army

 

NT Army

NT Army administration

NT Army Commands

NT Field force (Army)

NT Logistics (Army)

NT Training (Army)

 

NT Courts martial

NT Defence service home schemes

NT Logistics (Defence)

 

NT Navy

NT Navy Administration

NT Navy Commands

NT Maritime Commands (Navy)

 

NT Prisoners of War

NT

 

 

 

NT

NT

Defence industries

NT Munitions

NT Ordnance

NT Shipbuilding

Defence intelligence

Defence research

 

EDUCATION

SCOPE NOTE Commonwealth area of responsibility for education, including scholarships, programs to assist students, particularly through grants to individuals, educational institutions and curriculum development. For scholarships to overseas students studying in Australia USE Overseas aid programs

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Curriculum development

Preschool education

Primary education

Secondary education

Student assistance

Tertiary education

Electoral matters

SCOPE NOTE Federal referendums and elections covering Parliament, unions and other bodies

ENVIRONMENT

SCOPE NOTE Policy, development and research into the natural environment and the national estate, including world heritage concerns. For industries impacting on the environment USE Primary industries OR Secondary industries

NT

NT

NT

NT

Conservation

Environmental monitoring

National heritage

National parks

FINANCIAL MATTERS

SCOPE NOTE Determination of public policy on and regulation of taxation, supera-+nnuation, and the corporate and banking sectors; regulation of foreign investment and exchange issues. Also includes determination of Commonwealth funds to the States and Territories

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Banking

Commonwealth-State relations

Corporate affairs

Currency

Foreign investment control

Home savings schemes

Insurance

Market regulation

Public borrowing

Rationing and price control

Superannuation

Taxation

FOREIGN POLICY

SCOPE NOTE Development of international relations, including the United Nations; diplomatic representation in overseas countries, including trade and immigration. Also includes implementation of aid programs for other countries

NT

 

 

 

NT

NT

NT

Government representation overseas

NT Consular services

NT Extraditions

International relations

Overseas aid programs

Passports

Governor-General

SCOPE NOTE Representation of the Monarchy in Australia, involvement in Royal visits. For vice regal involvement in other ceremonial activities USE Ceremonial functions

HEALTH

SCOPE NOTE Public health, including quarantine and health research, except medical insurance and health benefit schemes. For insurance and benefit schemes USE Health insurance

NT

 

 

 

 

 

NT

 

NT

NT

NT

NT

Health services

NT Aged persons services

NT Dental services

NT Disability services

NT Hearing services

NT Nursing services

Hospitals and clinics

NT Pathology

Medical research

Pharmaceuticals and medical aids

Quarantine

Rehabilitation

INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

SCOPE NOTE Health and welfare of indigenous peoples; includes social and political affairs and the provision of incentives for economic development

NT

NT

NT

 

 

 

Indigenous enterprises

Indigenous land rights

Indigenous settlements

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

SCOPE NOTE Government involvement in the labour market; training and employment and national service; regulation and arbitration of working conditions and practices including promotion of safe working environments. For postwar reconstruction training schemes USE Repatriation

NT

NT

NT

Arbitration

Compensation schemes

Employment

NT Labour market programs

NT Trade skills assessment

NT Vocational training schemes

NT

NT

NT

National Service

Occupational health and safety

Trade union training

JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

SCOPE NOTE Carriage of the Commonwealth justice system, including management and operation of judicial institutions

NT

NT

NT

NT

Court reporting

Family law

Federal law

Supreme law

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Administration of policing function of Federal and former territory jurisdiction and research into law enforcement patterns and trends. Also covers protection of diplomatic missions and corrective services

NT

NT

NT

NT

Corrective services

Criminology

Police administration

Protective services

MEMORIALS

SCOPE NOTE Design, negotiations for, construction and maintenance of memorials and monuments

NT

NT

Historic memorials

War memorials

MIGRATION

SCOPE NOTE Development and implementation of immigration and multicultural programs, including migrant accommodation, refugees, and recognition of overseas qualifications

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Citizenship

Deportation

Migrant services

Multiculturalism

Passenger entry control

Refugees

Visas

National events

SCOPE NOTE Planning, funding or coordination of events or festivals designed to commemorate significant events related to the history and development of Australia

PARLIAMENTARY MATTERS

SCOPE NOTE Execution of the parliamentary process in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Includes the Committees of House of Representatives, Senate and Joint House, and the provision of services to the Parliament

NT

NT

Parliamentary chamber administration

Parliamentary legislation

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

SCOPE NOTE Primary industries, except mining. For animal and plant quarantine USE Quarantine

NT

 

 

 

NT

NT

Agriculture

NT Horticulture

NT Pastoral

NT Viticulture

Fisheries regulation

Forestry regulation

PUBLIC SERVICE

SCOPE NOTE Operational activities of the Australian Public Service, including working conditions and conditions of service

NT

Personnel

NT Equity programs

NT Recruitment

RECREATION

SCOPE NOTE Development and promotion of tourism, national fitness, sports and other recreational activities, such as parks

NT

NT

NT

NT

National fitness

Parks

Sport

Tourism

RESOURCES

SCOPE NOTE Development and regulation of resource-related industries. Includes control over practices and research into renewable energy sources. For impact of resource extraction on the natural environment USE THE TERM ENVIRONMENT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Energy

Metals

Mining

Water resources

Royal Commissions

SCOPE NOTE Investigations conducted under the provisions of the Royal Commissions Act

SCIENCE

SCOPE NOTE Development and promotion of science research and standards, land and sea survey and mapping, management of science programs including meteorology and space science

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

 

 

 

NT

NT

Analytical services

Earth sciences

Marine science

Meteorology

Scientific research

NT Botany

NT Genetics

BT Zoology

Space science

Survey and mapping

Secondary industries

SCOPE NOTE Government factories and Commonwealth involvement in the manufacturing sector (not related to Defence). Includes textiles, motor vehicles, electronics and consumer durables

SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE

SCOPE NOTE Covers the activities of the Australian intelligence community. Includes information and advice affecting Australia’s internal security, defences, diplomacy, and international relations

NT

NT

NT

External security

Internal security

Wartime security

NT Internees

Social and economic research

SCOPE NOTE Development and implementation of demographic surveys, census and provision of statistical information

SOCIAL WELFARE

SCOPE NOTE Provision of community and welfare services, administration of pensions and allowances, and regulation of health insurance industry including government health-related subsidies

NT

 

NT

NT

Community services

NT Child welfare

Health insurance

Pensions and benefits

TERRITORY ADMINISTRATION

SCOPE NOTE All activities relating to mainland and external territories including the national capital. Also includes claims for compensation for land degradation. For administration of colonies USE Colonial Administration

TRADE

SCOPE NOTE Exports and imports of resources and manufactured goods. Regulation of industry protection and subsidy schemes and control of imports through customs services

NT

NT

 

 

 

 

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Bounties

Customs

NT Coastal surveillance

NT Excise

NT Inspection services

NT Tariff regulation

Exports and imports

Expositions

Patents and trademarks

Trade practices

Weights and measures

TRANSPORT

SCOPE NOTE Public and private transport but excluding infrastructure activity such as road building. Also includes management of transport facilities such as lighthouses and airports

NT

Air transport

NT Air safety

NT Airport

NT

Land transport

NT Rail transport

NT Road transport

NT Road safety

NT

Rescue coordination

NT

Sea Transport

NT Lighthouses

NT Navigation

NT Port regulation

NT Sea safety

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

SCOPE NOTE Support for war veterans and their dependents, including determination of eligibility, provision of hospitals and geriatric care facilities 

NT

Repatriation

Repatriation hospitals

WORKS

SCOPE NOTE Determination of Government policy on construction and infrastructure projects including railways, housing and offices. Also includes provision of municipal services to mainland territories and development of programs to foster urban and regional development

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

NT

Building

Civil engineering

Construction

Housing

Public utilities

Regional development

Urban development

Waste disposal

GENERIC ACTIVITIES

Accreditation

Advice giving

Grants administration

Inspection

Investigation

Legislation

Loans

Marketing

Personal case administration

Planning

Research and development

Standard setting

Statistics

Training