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The Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday adopted an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)Policy and Framework in recognition that risk management is an integral part of good governance and management practice.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the ERM model aligns risk management principles and processes with the organisation’s overall governance, strategy and planning, management, reporting processes, policies, values and culture.
“Given the broad services and critical infrastructure Council provides, we deal daily with levels ofuncertainty,” she said.
“Uncertainty leads to a risk that something other than the intended objective may occur. Councilhas to manage risk carefully to ensure that the consequence and likelihood of risks are treated to either remove the risk or to at least minimise the impact to an acceptable level.
“Living in North Queensland the weather is an obvious risk to our community and Council’sbusiness. But other threats include matters such as financial losses, injury to our staff and damage to the environment.
“It is important that Council acknowledges risks can be positive in the form of an opportunity forCouncil, but risks are more often considered negatively as threats to our business.
“It is also important that Council identifies opportunities where they occur to ensure we maximisethe value to the community in all that we do.
“The ERM framework that Council has adopted will ensure Council manages both threats andopportunities throughout the organisation to ensure our services and infrastructure are notdisrupted and to continue to protect our community.
“This is another example of this Council administration putting in place strong and responsiblegovernance.
“The ERM approach will ensure that risk management is performed consistently throughout thewhole organisation and risks are assessed and managed in a context that is relevant to each part of the organisation.
“All levels of staff have a role to play in adopting risk management awareness and integratingrisk management activities within their business unit environments,” she said.
The Council’s ERM Policy, Framework and processes are aligned to the current Risk Standard,AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009.
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