Professional Standards

A key strategic initiative that underpins the RIMS Australasia corporate mission to educate, engage and advocate for the Australasian risk community, is our commitment to the development and implementation of international standards that contribute to global societal security, safety, and resilience.

RIMS Australasia & International Standards

Our work in international standards development both informs and supplements the RIMS Risk Management Professional Core Competency Model. This is achieved through the transfer of knowledge from the risk and insurance management profession to other technical experts and management disciplines that contribute towards standardization of policy, principles, and processes for guidance on managing disruption related risks for governments, public and private sector organizations around the world.

Through our recognition as an Approved Nominating Organisation of the Australian National Standards Body, Standards Australia, RIMS Australasia is well positioned to advocate for improved international standardization of societal security, safety, and resilience within government, business, and community sectors .

The Standards Australia approval entitles RIMS Australasia to nominate members to relevant Standards Australia Technical Committees for the development of Joint Australia and New Zealand risk management related standards. Through participation in Standards Australia technical committees, RIMS Australasia plays an important role in influencing risk standards under development by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) of which Standards Australia is a Member.

RIMS Australasia is represented on SA MB-025 Security and Resilience, a mirror committee to ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC292 Security and Resilience www.isotc292online.org and is the Convener of MB-025-2 Sub-Committee for Organisational Resilience.

RIMS Australasia representatives have played key roles in the development of a suite of international risk management, crisis management, business continuity and emergency management standards, including “ISO 22316 Organizational resilience-Principles and attributes”,  “ISO 22301 Business continuity management systems-Requirements” and ISO 22361 Crisis management – Guidelines”.

RIMS Australia’s standards development initiatives complement RIMS international role in standardisation where RIMS Inc, is an active participant on the United States Technical Advisory Group, the US mirror committee to ISO/TC 262 Risk Management.

RIMS Australasia Chapter members are encouraged to participate in Standards Australia Technical Committees to ensure expertise from the region can be leveraged globally. Enquiries should be sent to directors@rimsaustralasia.com.au

Latest international news in disruption related risk standards

  • Published in 2017, “ISO 22316 Organizational resilience -Principles and attributes” is to undergo revision, commencing late 2022. Amendments likely to address contemporary  thinking on resilience with an emphasis on existential threats to organizations operating in an environment characterized by volatility, increasing uncertainty, high complexity, and ambiguity of information.

  • Currently at Committee Draft stage, “ISO 31050 Managing emerging risks to enhance resilience” emphasises the importance of continual scanning of the operating environment, observing changes in conditions and circumstances for early indicators of potential emerging risks. Systems for data collection and analysis, its interpretation as information to create knowledge and provide intelligence for decision making is a feature of this standard.

  • Now at Draft International Standard stage, “ISO 22361 Crisis management-Guidelines” is being developed to provide guidance in the design and implementation of an organisations’ crisis management capability. It sets out the principles and practices to be applied to ensure an organisations crisis management capability can anticipate, respond to, and recover from crisis situations.
Brian Roylett

Director profile: International standards development

The RIMS Australasia Chapter initiative in advocacy of professional risk management standards is led by Director, Brian Roylett.

Brian has extensive national and international experience in risk related standards development, representing Standards Australia on several ISO Technical Committees. He is currently Chair of Standards Australia Sub-Committee MB025-5 Organizational Resilience and Convener “AS5343 Decision Making During a Crisis.”   At the national level Brian was a foundation member of Standards Australia OB/7 Committee responsible for the development of AS/NZS 4360: Risk Management, a standard which provided the impetus for the internationally acclaimed ISO 31000 Risk management- Guidelines, in addition to representing industry on engineering related national manufacturing standards.

Brian was the Project Leader for “ISO 22316 Organizational resilience-Principles and attributes” developed within ISO Technical Committee 292 Security and Resilience and is currently Co-Convener “ISO 31050 Managing emerging risks to enhance resilience” under ISO Joint Working Group 1, a collaboration between ISO TC292 and ISO TC 262 Risk management. He is the Project Leader for ISO 22360 Crisis Management-Concepts, Principles and Framework and an expert contributor to ISO 22361 Crisis management-Guidelines.

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