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Communities of interest

APS Business Continuity Community of Practice

Starting out 8 years ago as a networking opportunity in Belconnen, Canberra, the APS Business Continuity Community of Practice (BCCOP) has grown into a formal COP with over 130 members from 60 different agencies. The core purpose of the group is to build the maturity of business continuity across the APS.

The group now meets on the second Thursday of every month (except January) from 10am to 11.30am in Canberra. Each meeting also offers a dial in option for members outside the ACT. The meeting venue is shared around the agencies and meetings are currently chaired by the ATO.

Anyone in the APS who is involved in business continuity and organisational resilience is welcome. Most members are at the APS 6 to EL2 level.

Meetings usually follow a standard format:

  1. A presentation on a specific topic of interest or value to continuity and resilience professionals. Topics have included how to run a simulation exercise, how to manage business continuity audits, how to integrate business continuity with emergency response or IT incident and disaster recovery and how to conduct Business Impact Analysis for your agency.
  2. Updates and key learnings from members about incidents, continuity activations, simulations or key achievements within their program of work over the last month.
  3. Updates from the Business Continuity Institute and other relevant industry groups.

The group also has tours of operations centres in Canberra that have specific incident, emergency or disaster related capabilities. In the last year they have had tours of AFP’s Operations Coordination Centre and the Attorney General’s Crisis Coordination Centre.

BCCOP has also just launched a mentoring program that links up new practitioners with experienced business continuity professionals.

SES BCM Community of Practice

Due to the success of the Practitioner COP, an SES COP started in 2018, jointly chaired by the Department of Home Affairs and ATO.

The group meets twice a year with the next meeting to be held at the Department of Home Affairs at 2pm on 20 September. This group has a similar focus to the practitioner meeting and welcomes any SES who have a connection or responsibility for business continuity management within their agency.

To find out more and to join either group, please email BCMHelpdesk [at] ato.gov.au or call Brendan Jones at the ATO on (02) 4724 0565.