Business-government partnership approach

Building organisational resilience is a long-term objective requiring the combined efforts of governments and the private sector. The business-government partnership approach recognises that in most cases, businesses are best placed to manage challenges and risk to their operations. Governments can further assist organisations by providing information to enhance their ability to manage unforeseen or unexpected events.

Resilience Expert Advisory Group

The Resilience Expert Advisory Group (REAG) comprises representatives from Australian, state and territory governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators, academia and research organisations. The REAG's mission is to promote the concept of organisational resilience within the business community generally, and critical infrastructure in particular, for the purposes of building a more resilient nation.

The REAG meets quarterly to discuss, develop and promote organisational resilience across public and private sector industries.

The REAG was formed in 2010 and secretariat support is provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

As at November 2018, members of the REAG are:

  • Andrew Kiley, Department of Home Affairs(Co-chairperson)
  • Matt Riley, Woolworths (Co-chairperson)
  • Peter Brouggy, Westpac Group
  • Erica Seville, Resilient Organisations Research Programme (NZ)
  • Robbie Sinclair, Australian Catholic University
  • Ray Butler, Woodside Energy
  • Steve Curnin, Tas Water and the University of Tasmania
  • Colin Muller, ABC
  • Brian Roylett, member MB-25 Standards Committee.

To find out more about the REAG, email

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Trusted Information Sharing Network

The Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) provides an environment where business and government can share vital information on security issues relevant to the protection of our critical infrastructure and the continuity of essential services in the face of all hazards.

The Australian Government established TISN in April 2003. Members include owners and operators of critical infrastructure; Australian, state and territory government agency representatives, and peak national bodies.

Sector groups form the bridge between government and individual owners of critical infrastructure. Their purpose is to assist owners and operators to share information on issues relating to generic threats, vulnerabilities and to identify appropriate measures and strategies to mitigate risk.

For more information, visit the Trusted Information Sharing Networklink to Trusted Information Sharing Network website website.

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Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience​

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) was officially launched on 17 November 2015. AIDR is a partnership between the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, the Australian Red Cross and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre—working closely with the Commonwealth Government through Emergency Management Australia to improve Australia's national capabilities in disaster resilience.  The new website will soon be online.​


ASIO Business Liaison Unit (BLU)

ASIO's BLU provides a public interface between the Australian Intelligence Community and Australian business. The BLU is also available to Australian Government agencies. The BLU's role is to:

  • provide credible intelligence backed reporting at the 'For Official Use Only' level
  • administer a secure website on a free subscription basis
  • inform the private sector about national security threats affecting their interests.

The BLU also administers the Register of Australian Interests Overseas. The Register is a web-interface that allows Australian business to register the locations of their overseas interests. In the event that ASIO becomes aware of an emerging threat which is specific, credible and imminent, ASIO will use the register to provide early warning to affected businesses.

For more information, visit the Business Liaison Unit website.

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National Security College

The National Security College is a specialist graduate college for national security studies. It offers graduate studies, PhDs, executive and professional development courses that address security challenges, strategy planning and policy implementation relevant to Australia, the Asia Pacific and the world.

For more information, visit the National Security College website.

Resilient Organisations Research Program

The Resilient Organisations Research Program (ResOrgs), a public good research program based in the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, has been researching what makes organisations resilient to crises since 2004.

The Australian Government partners with ResOrgs via its membership of the Resilient Expert Advisory Group.

ResOrgs is a collaboration between top New Zealand research universities, particularly the University of Canterbury and the University of Auckland, funded by the Natural Hazards Platform and supported by a diverse group of industry partners and advisors.

For more information, visit the Resilient Organisationslink to Resilient Organisations website website..

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