Business Continuity and Disaster Planning

22 January 2024

The ACA is delighted to release a new guidance note for members on how to create a Business Continuity and Crisis Management Plan. This note discusses business continuity for practices in the case of the sudden loss of a director as well as disaster planning (for risks such as fire and accidents, system failures and cyberattacks, health crises and pandemics). It covers internal and external communication, project delivery, finance, insurance and succession planning.

Written by Natasha Stojanovich and Simone Karmis of Lander & Rogers, this guidance note has been prepared in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects and the ACA as joint copyright holders.


The document covers the following topics:

Part A: Sudden death or illness of a partner/director/company owner

  • Communication
  • Project management and delivery
  • Maintaining the practice’s day-to-day operations
  • Reflecting

Part B: Succession planning

Part C: Disaster scenarios

  • Fire/environmental/health crises
  • Technology disruptions
  • Preventative measures
  • Managing disruptions: system failures and cyberattacks
  • Insurance

Part D: Feedback and review



The Business Continuity and Disaster Planning document is available to all ACA members – log in to download below.

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