National Performance Reporting Indicator Review

The Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and the National Performance Reporting (NPR) Technical Reference Group (TRG), have initiated a review of the NPR indicators to ensure annual performance reporting remains relevant to the urban water sector. This review was a key outcome of the NPR framework review carried out during 2018 and 2019. The 2019 Urban NPR Framework Review report can be found here.

The outcome of the indicator review will be a refreshed suite of indicators and themes that are relevant to the current urban water sector and adaptable to changes in the sector in the future.

The objective of the indicator review is to identify an agreed set of lasting national outcome areas, associated indicators and definitions, and performance metrics that:

  1. Reflect the NPR Vision, Objectives and Outcomes
  2. Clarify and address definitional and interpretation problems and remove redundant indicators
  3. Introduce new indicators (only as required) -noting that it is preferable that the total number of NPR indicators decrease.
  4. Align with indicator selection principles that include (but are limited to):
    • ensuring national relevance, national interest, and national comparability
    • meeting common interests across different jurisdictions and types and sizes of reporting entities
    • enabling comparisons without significant additional effort to provide data, or adjust or caveat for difference
    • avoiding complex or jurisdiction specific definitions (wherever possible)
    • alignment with existing state or Commonwealth indicators or existing reporting requirements wherever possible

The NPR indicator review commenced in October 2020 and will run until March 2022 with the outcomes being reported in NPR 2022-23. If you would like to know more about the review, please contact us at

The Bureau have engaged the consultancy firm Hydrologyand Risk Consulting(HARC) to lead the review. For further project updates including milestones, opportunities for engagement and to register interest, please visit the project website at:

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