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Panel Discussion National Continuity Planning: New rules, Old rules, Other rules?

Speakers Paul Barnes, Mark Crosweller, Brendan Moon, Tony Sheehan, Alex and er Osborne

Support for continuity planning is clearly set out in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) where businesses, state and local governments and other essential service owner/operators are encouraged to undertake detailed business impact assessments and develop service recovery strategies linking security and emergency management arrangements.

But given the recent infrastructure ‘priority lists’ published by Infrastructure Australia, the review of NSDR arrangements and the growing complexity of infrastructure systems, with their significance to social and economic well-being of Australia, it is timely to consider whether a rethink on the nature of continuity planning for networked infrastructure systems is also needed.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) hosted a panel discussion on the viability of implementing a coordinated national approach to continuity planning for essential service recovery: particularly in relation to major catastrophic disasters.

Issues discussed by the panel included how federal, state and local governments might coordinate efforts to define a whole-of-nation approach to continuity planning policy, strategy and practice. Given the NSDR’s emphasis on partnerships for building resilience within and across the public and private sectors, the panel also examined whether new or different types of partnering might be needed.

Host: Dr Paul Barnes, Head: Risk & Resilience, ASPI

Panel Members

  • Mark Crosweller: Director General - Emergency Management Australia
  • Brendan Moon: CEO, Queensland Reconstruction Authority 
  • Alexander Osborne: Co-Chair Communications Sector Group (CSG), Trusted Information Sharing Network
  • Tony Sheehan: Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator



Paul Barnes

Dr Paul Barnes is a Senior Fellow and was previously Head of the Risk and Resilience Program at ASPI.