Report

Environment and Sustainability Sector: Performance Reporting

26 Jun 2013
Description

This report defines good performance reporting as that which provides sufficient information to reliably, objectively and clearly determine whether public sector agencies are delivering on their objectives effectively, efficiently and in compliance with laws and policies, arguing that the Environment Protection Authority's approach to data specification, data collection and assurance, and report development represents better practice.

Summary:

Good performance reporting provides sufficient information to reliably, objectively and clearly determine whether public sector agencies are delivering on their objectives effectively, efficiently and in compliance with laws and policies. Confidence in the accuracy of performance data, and the reliability of performance reports, can be undermined by a lack of consistent standards and processes used for the collection, recording and validation of data used to measure performance.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Parks Victoria have clearly defined objectives and outputs to enable reporting of their operational performance. However, there is inadequate documentation about the rationale behind the selection of performance indicators and output measures and a lack of complete or centrally controlled records of agreed measurement methodologies.

There continues to be an emphasis on reporting outputs and activities rather than outcomes and many useful performance indicators and measures for which data is collected are not publically reported.

EPA's approach to data specification, data collection and assurance, and report development represents better practice.

The data collection and management, and the reporting controls and processes across the sustainability and environment portfolio as a whole do not provide sufficient confidence in the consistency and reliability of reported performance information.

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