In the world of public policy there is an abundance of tools and techniques to base good public policy upon, for example benefit-cost analysis and multi-criteria analysis. However, these techniques tend to be one-off studies, the quality of which depends on the data available. Also, the use of these policy tools tends to be pre-policy formulation. But there is a complementary policy tool that is often overlooked in public policy; performance monitoring. Performance monitoring is an on-going program that uses indicators to assess the progress of industry in relation to the government's objectives. However, monitoring the performance of any industry is difficult, especially for those outside it. The Bureau of Transport Economics (BTE) has been active in the field of performance monitoring. This paper discusses the BTE's performance monitoring work, focusing on the role of "Waterline" in performance monitoring of the Australian waterfront. It is the BTE's experience that, compared to one-off industry studies, on-going performance monitoring can provide a cost-effective means of raising the standard of community debate. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD E200461.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 413-23

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  • Accession Number: 00796362
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7307-2490-5
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2000 12:00AM