Indicator review update

September 2021

While a number of months have passed since our last update on the National Performance Report (NPR) indicator review there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes. We are now in the process of drawing the views and insights provided by review participants together into a working model and way forward.

A big thank you to everyone who has participated in the review to date.

Since we last updated you the team has undertaken consultation with

  • senior industry members in Australia to explore their views and use cases for a National Performance Report
  • international organisations and agencies undertaking similar benchmarking exercises to understand best practice
  • state and territory departmental heads to understand the emerging issues, issues, national priorities and policy areas
  • indigenous representatives
  • other national agencies undertaking reporting across the water sector.

In addition, we have:

  • been looking at patterns and quality issues in the existing data set to inform an understanding of national and jurisdictional reporting trends
  • working to understand the alignment between the NPR and state and territory reporting frameworks and requirements.

Bottom-up assessment progress

The bottom-up assessment has led to a detailed understanding of the existing indicator issues and a set of Bottom-up assessment outlining the proposed way forward.

These pathways are being refined and finalised. This process will be supported by the technical advisory panels in the next steps of the review.

Top-down assessment progress

Taking a clean-slate approach the top-down process is being used to identify the outcome areas and indicators required to support transparency and public confidence in the integrity and capability of the urban water utilities. An update on the draft top-down outcomes will be published soon.