Business Continuity Management Policy

Applicable to: All WA Health entities and shared services

Description: WA Health's Business Continuity Management (BCM) policy aims to support and foster an organisational culture that proactively manages the impact of uncertainty and disruption-related risk on the organisation's strategic and operational objectives.

Legal requirements:

  • Public Sector Management Act 1994
  • Financial Management Act 2006

Business Continuity Management


WA Health is required by the Public Sector Commissioner and the Treasurer to practice Business Continuity Management (BCM) and ensure Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) are established, maintained, tested, reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

WA Health provides a range of health services to the public, some of which are considered critical services for the protection of lives. BCM ensures those critical services can continue to operate following a disruptive event or incident that would otherwise impair or stop them. BCM comprises both preparation and crisis management.

Policy Statement

All WA Health entities and shared services are required to practice BCM, and establish a BCP to ensure the continuity of critical business functions in the event of a disruption. BCPs are to integrate with the health service’s emergency procedure and risk management programs and align with the whole-of-health BCM policy.

BCM Scope and Principles

A BCM program is to ensure the organisation’s BCP:

  • reflects the service’s vision, mission and key organisational objectives
  • is site-specific and interconnects with key interdependencies
  • integrates with the service’s emergency procedure and risk management programs using an “all hazards” approach
  • is regularly maintained, tested and approved by an appropriate governance structure.


Divisions and Health Services are to be compliant with the requirements listed in this Policy.

Professor Bryant Stokes

Date of effect: 12 March 2015

Policy Framework

Supporting information