These days it seems as though every function of an agency needs to be listed in its full name,so that the community remember what they are responsible for – and then be embodied in a meaningless acronym, perhaps to ensure that the community forget again.
We appear to no longer be creating agencies with short names such as ‘Centrelink’ or Medicare’. Names that are short, sharp, snappy, focused and easy to remember.
Instead government appears to like names such as:
- Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (a relatively short 63 characters)
- Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (67 characters)
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (69 characters)
- Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (69 characters)
- Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (72 characters),
- Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (76 characters)
- Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (76 characters)
- Comcare, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, and the Seafarers’ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (a whopping 133 characters!)