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Organisational Resilience

​​​​What is Organisational Resilience?

Organisational Resilience refers to a business's ability to adapt and evolve as the global market is evolving, to respond to short term shocks - be they natural disasters or significant changes in market dynamics - and to shape itself to respond to long term challenges.

Discover your organisation's resilience potential now

1. Respond to Healthcheck indicators

2. Get immediate insights into your current organisational resilience capability

3. Receive potential treatment options

Take the free organisational resilience HealthCheck

Why organisational resilience matters


  • The viability and sustainability of organisations continues to be tested in a world that is constantly changing
  • Many organisations are realising that traditional corporate strategies are not protecting them from unexpected events
  • Organisations need to be able to absorb an event that necessitates change, to adapt and continue to maintain their competitive edge and profitability


Resilience stories #4 - The Freight Company

"The response required to clear, firm decision making"

On a Friday afternoon in late 1988, the first of a series of computer screens linked to a freight company's national network displayed a warning that the computer had potentially been infected with a virus...

Read more Australian organisational resilience case studies in our position paper

Courses, events and resources

Decision m​aking during a crisis - a practical guide

A Practical guide to help your organisation make decisions during a crisis

Research Priorities

A number of research priorities for government and the private sector to consider

Organisational resilience good business guide

A practical guide to help your organisation survive, adapt and prosper in times of uncertainty and adversity.



Organisations will tend to approach adverse events and situations in a particular way

Here is a range of such approaches:


bounce forward 

An organisation accepts that adversity may cause it to cease operating.


bounce forward 

An organisation's resilience objective is to exist in a reduced form after adversity.​

Bounce back

bounce forward 

An organisation's resilience objective is to regain pre-adversity position quickly and effectively.​​

Bounce forward

bounce forward 

An organisation's resilience objective is to improve aspects of the organisation's functioning so t​hat in adversity it not only survives but possibly gains from the situation.​​

The HealthCheck will ask you to rate your organisation according to a set of low and high level descriptors for 13 resilience indicators. These indicators are grouped under three overarching resilience attributes that build business-as-usual effectiveness as well as robust and agile response and recovery capability.