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Australian National Audit Office report looks at business continuity management in various government agencies

ANAO (the Australian National Audit Office) has published a report into business continuity management practices in three government agencies: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority; Department of Finance; and the Department of Social Services.

Business continuity management in Australian government agencies is governed by the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF). This requires that a business continuity framework consisting of the following components is in place:

  • A governance structure that establishes authorities and responsibilities for the BCM program, including for the development and approval of business continuity plans (BCPs);
  • An impact analysis to identify and prioritise an entity’s critical services and assets, including the identification and prioritisation of information exchanges provided by, or to other entities or external parties;
  • Plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continued availability of critical services and assets, and of any other service or asset when warranted by a threat and risk assessment;
  • Activities to monitor an entity’s level of overall preparedness; and
  • The continuous review, testing and audit of BCPs.

The objective of the ANAO audit was to assess the adequacy of the agencies' practices and procedures to manage business continuity in relation to the above requirements.

Read the report (PDF).

•Date: 6th November 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Public sector BC


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