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Suppliers entering the Defence sector are faced with several business decisions in relation to streamlining their management system. Most companies have been certified to AS/NZS 9001:2016 and for Defence primes, this is the basic ‘entry ticket’.

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) has become front of mind amongst all levels of Government and the private sector, particularly since recent pandemic and bush fire related business disruptions. This seminar will fast-track your:

  • ability to create a BCP for your own company, which is generally a tender response requirement to be able to work as a vendor for Defence
  • ability to understand how BCP fits in the broader Defence sector’s internal processes and how Defence (as many other Australian Government agencies) has been challenged by recent disasters in terms of their own Business Continuity capability inclding supply chain disruptions.

This 6 week course will cover the following:

  • Introduction to the Business As Usual 8-step ‘wheel’ of best practice Business Continuity Management (BCM) ©, any standards (e.g. ISO 22301), translating risk appetite into clear Business Continuity (BC) objectives, understanding key operational risks and how to categorise them based on consequence and documenting a user-friendly Risk Matrix.
  • How to create multi-disciplinary BCP teams across 3 disaster phases, and achieve buy-in and enthusiasm from staff and managers to play a role in these.
  • Seeking guidance from executives to agree on time-critical processes, collecting each department’s continuity requirements, initial (manual) work-arounds and related Maximum Tolerable Periods of Disruption (MTPDs) through the use of concise workshops and simple templates.
  • Creating a BCP-on-a-Page and determining Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) for key resources.
  • Developing a ‘toolkit’ style activation plan including appropriate incident notification tools, Quick Reference Cards and integrated IT Disaster Recovery procedures.
  • Where to store the BCP securely but easily accessible, even if your systems are down or your building is inaccessible.
  • Developing staff awareness about their BCP role before/during/after an incident
  • How to facilitate BCP tests and rehearsals including believable scenarios.
  • Maintaining your BCP and keeping the process ‘alive’ and compliant with relevant requirements.


This seminar will be held each Wednesday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm starting 12th August 2020 (total time span 6 weeks i.e. final webinar (V) on Wednesday 16th September 2020).

Post-seminar level 1 and level 2 upskill opportunity (ISO 22301 standard for Business Continuity)

Delegates who have completed this seminar could participate in the following compact 2-day Business Continuity seminars including certification exam:

  1. Level 1 upskill opportunity including lifetime global ISO 22301 Foundation certification
  2. Level 2 upskill opportunity including global ISO 22301 Lead Implementer certification


Ms Rinske Geerlings

Rinske was awarded Risk Consultant of the Year 2017 by the RMIA, Outstanding Security Consultant of the Year 2019 Finalist by the OSPAs and BPW Businesswoman 2010-2013. She is an internationally known consultant, speaker and certified Business Continuity, Information Security & Risk Management trainer.

She draws on more than 20 years’ experience across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

Rinske has been changing the way organisations ‘plan for the unexpected’. Her facilitation skills enable organisations to achieve their own results and simplifying their processes. She applies a fresh, energetic, fun, practical, easy-to-apply, innovative approach to Business Continuity Planning (BCP), Security, Risk and Disaster Recovery... topics often perceived as dull and cumbersome.

Connect with Rinske on LinkedIn.



Please complete the registration form below to register your interest. This course is fully-funded by the NSW Government and places are strictly limited. You must acknowledge your commitment to the full 12 hour/6 week program to be considered for the course. Registrations close 31 July 2020. Those who are accepted into the course will be advised and on-boarded during the week commencing Monday, August 3 2020.

If multiple people within your organisation are interested in attending, please register each participant individually and please note that due to the limited number of course places, not all those who register may be able to take part.

Registration of Interest - Business Continuity
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Hunter Defence Task Force acknowledges the commitment of the NSW Government, HunterNet, Hunter Business Chamber, RDA - Hunter, AiG, AIDN, ICN, Goal Group, University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE in the cooperative development of the Defence Readiness series of seminars for SMEs.





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