LGIS Business continuity management

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Disruptive incidents come in varying types, sizes and with varying impacts. Business continuity planning is a key component of an adequate response to those incidents. In recent times disruptive incidents in WA Local Government have included:

  • Flood
  • Structural fire
  • Bushfire
  • Earthquake
  • Cyclone
  • Storm
  • Smoke damage
  • Coastal erosion
  • Hazardous materials
  • IT failure
  • Breach of sewerage ponds
  • Loss of plant and equipment
  • Regulator investigation
  • Major incident recovery
  • Power failure
  • Telecommunication failure
  • Internet outage
  • Data breach
  • Friable asbestos
  • Unavailable contractor
  • Loss of key staff
  • Poorly managed change
  • Maintenance failure
  • Critical infrastructure failure
  • Ground water contamination
  • Burst water pipe
  • Human factors

We support you to build an effective response to any disruptive incident through business continuity planning. Business continuity is defined as the capability of an organisation to continue the delivery of critical activities and services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident. A business continuity management program (pdf) includes:

  • Establishing your business continuity policy and program
  • Analysing your activities and services to determine what is time critical
  • Designing your business continuity strategy and requirements
  • Implementing your business continuity action plan
  • Validating your business continuity plans, capabilities and assumptions

Successful business continuity management requires your local government to commit to raising awareness and implementing sound approaches to building resilience. The importance of becoming a resilient organisation is integral to contemporary management practices and is an essential component of good public sector governance.

Business continuity management is part of an effective risk management program and should be closely aligned to incident management, emergency response and IT disaster recovery. Business continuity plans​ (pdf) should be customised to reflect your priorities, stakeholder expectations and any existing capabilities.

For more information please contact the risk and governance services team on 08 9483 8888.