The National Gallery of Australia (the Gallery) has undertaken an extensive project to develop and implement a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), and to introduce a strong Business Continuity Management (BCM) culture throughout the organisation. A policy, a strategy and a plan have been prepared.
The business continuity program includes regular exercises to ensure the full effectiveness of the BCP. Plans are also in place for emergency responses (including building evacuations), and disaster recovery. The BCP is a living document which will be regularly updated to reflect changing circumstances or information.
The Gallery is implementing BCM to create business resilience, with the aim of lessening the probability of the occurrence of incidents that may adversely affect people and the national collection, and to minimise impacts if and when incidents occur.
‘BCM is a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organisation and provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities.’
Business Continuity Institute Business Continuity Management: Good Practice Guide 2002
BCM is part of the Gallery’s emergency planning framework as illustrated below, and is underpinned by the Gallery’s risk management policy.
Emergency management and business continuity relationship diagram