The Business Continuity Policy and Framework seek to minimise the impact that a disruptive incident could have on the critical business functions of the University, including its teaching and learning, research and administration.
The University's Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is to be activated following a disruption that has a sustained impact on the University’s critical business functions. In the event of a disruption and/or disaster, the University will work to reinstate operations at a capacity or level that is sufficient to perform and maintain critical business functions. In restoring critical business functions following a major disruption, it is accepted that non-critical business operations will operate at a reduced level and require time to resume full capability, capacity and performance.
The University has adopted a model that includes an organisation wide, high level BCP and Specialist Recovery Plans. Areas have identified the Recovery Time Objective and Maximum Allowable Outage for specific operational activities as well as the minimum resource requirements (staff, equipment, systems & applications) and the vital records in their respective Business Impact Analyses. Alternative sites have been identified for critical business functions.
Activation of the BCP and supporting specialist recovery plans will be in response to an actual or potential disruption to the University’s critical business functions; such as:
- Loss of key people/human loss
- Denial of access to premises (temporary/permanent)
- Sustained loss of IT and/or communication systems
- Loss of material/critical services
- Loss of research