The Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan 2017-2027 (EMP) has a legislative requirement to perform a halfway evaluation in the form of a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) plan.

The MERI will assess data from existing monitoring programs through existing reporting pathways. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) have been identified across the 7 EMP Priority Areas and are outlined in the MERI document. Working with our partner agencies and organisations, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) will collate and present the information in a report and provide summarised information online.


Image shows the cover of the EMP 2017-2027 MERI document

The EMP is a 10-year plan, and the implementation program provides for continuous improvement in its delivery (Figure 1). The implementation program includes: the Delivery Plan, Annual Reports and the 5-yearly MERI.

Figure of Implementation program includes the EMP (Delivery Plan, Undertaking Activities, and Annual Report) as well as the 5-yearly MERI framework (Monitor, Evaluate, Report and Improve).

The EMP MERI considers examination of the overall program vision (A healthy Port Phillip Bay that is valued and cared for by all Victorians) and is inclusive of all program outcomes and goals. The MERI evaluation questions focus on two key evaluation themes:

  1. Effectiveness - evaluation of the extent to which the actions and activities have been achieved and extent to which they have contributed to desired outcomes of the EMP.
  2. Efficiency - assessment of the value of the EMP in terms of cost, time, and effectiveness of processes, including a review of what could be done to improve delivery.

Port Phillip Bay Forum 2023

The EMP and Port Phillip Bay Fund team co-hosted a forum in August 2023. This was a momentous occasion to bring together stakeholders from around Port Phillip Bay for the first time in 4 years. This also represented the launch of the 5-yearly evaluation and an opportunity for collecting qualitative data from stakeholders to provide context to the quantitative data that will input into the assessment process.

Photograph of attendees at the Port Phillip Bay forum facing a speaker presenting.

Photo Credit: Marcia Riederer

Page last updated: 18/04/24