Case Study G1 : BTRE contibutes to productivity improvement on the waterfront
First published in 1994, Waterline is a biannual newsletter containing key indicators of port and terminal performance based on data sourced from the Australian stevedoring companies, port authorities, shipping lines and other industry participants.
In the first edition of Waterline, the Director of the then Bureau of Transport and Communications Economics, Dr Maurice Haddad, noted'... a competitive waterfront is vital for an efficient domestic industry and for the competitiveness of Australia's exports on the world market.' The statistics presented in Waterline have provided an important indicator of the government's success in achieving waterfront reform.
As the chart below indicates, Australia's waterfront productivity has improved considerably over the intervening period and now ranks highly with comparable countries. Publishing comparative port performance indicators over the last 12 years in Waterline has indirectly contributed to improvements in the productivity of container movements through Australian ports.
During 2005-06, the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE) commenced developing productivity indicators that focus on the interface of trucks and trains with the ports and the efficiency with which freight is picked up from, and delivered to, Australia's ports.