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Date added 10 August 2009
Last edited 4 November 2009

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Australian Governments’ Interactive Functions Thesaurus


The Australian Governments’ Interactive Functions Thesaurus (AGIFT) provides standard vocabulary for Australian Commonwealth, state and local governments to describe functions, as required by the Australian Standards AS5044: AGLS Metadata Element Set. It is designed to help users search information relating to government and to provide a framework for individual agencies to develop a more detailed thesaurus.

AGIFT is a hierarchical thesaurus with three levels and accompanying scope notes. 25 functions are described at the highest level. It references non-preferred terms and related terms, and provides cross-references.

Standards Developing Organisation



The Commonwealth of Australia is the copyright owner of AGIFT.

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Description and Representation Information

Standard Framework

Digital Archive Standards

Standard Type

Thesaurii and Word Lists

Current Version

Further Information

Alternative Current Version

September 2005 - Australian Governments Interactive Functions Thesaurus, 2nd Edition [external]
Available for download at the above location.

Previous Versions


Referenced Standards

ANSI Z39.19: 1980 Guidelines for Thesaurus Structure, Construction and Use
Australian Standards AS5044: AGLS Metadata Element Set
ISO 2788: 1986, Documentation - Guidelines for the Establishment and Development of Monolingual Thesauri