What is a Business Continuity Management Plan

A Business Continuity Management (BCM) Plan documents procedures for your business to minimise the impact of external factors that are not in your control on your business’ continued ability to operate. It includes the range of measures that you can take to reduce disruption to your business and recovery time after impact.

By refreshing your approach to Business Continuity Management, your business will be better prepared to survive the impacts associated with major events such as the recent bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

What do I need to consider?

There are a range of factors you need to consider when developing a BCM Plan. You need to ensure you have documented procedures in place to minimise impact to your staff and customers and to understand any potential impact on your suppliers. You need to consider the financial impact of a disruption and what capability you have to continue to operate if an external event affects your business.

Guidance on developing your Business Continuity Management Plan

Our Business Continuity Management guide provides you with a process and considerations to follow as you develop your Business Continuity Plan.

How can I get help?

The CDIC’s team of Defence Business Advisers can provide you with tailored guidance to develop a plan specific to your business. The CDIC has developed a Business Continuity Management Assessment tool for facilitated use by our Defence Business Advisers to help your business assess its vulnerability and readiness to face significant economic challenge.

A CDIC Defence Business Adviser will work with you to develop recommendations for key focus areas you can address in the short and medium term, and a report will be issued to your business on the same day.

Please note priority for this facilitated service will be given to businesses that are currently supplying into a defence-specific application and are involved in manufacturing, technology development or estate and infrastructure support. The usual eligibility requirements of less than 200 FTE and an ABN also apply.

To express your interest in receiving this service, please contact your existing CDIC Defence Business Adviser, or alternatively send an email with your contact details to CDICBusinessContinuity@industry.gov.au and an Adviser will be assigned to you within 24 hours (weekdays).