About us


Business As Usual (BAU) was founded in 2006. The company specialises in health-checks, gap analysis, benchmarking, testing/review, process improvement and training services (including templates and best-practice frameworks) in the areas of:

  • Business Continuity Management (BCM) / Business Continuity Planning (BCP);
  • Disaster Recovery (DR) planning / IT Service Continuity Management (ITSCM);
  • Risk Management; and
  • Information Security Management.

BAU has successfully competed against the Big Four to work with prestigious clients including 9 Central Banks, BBC WorldWide, Toll, Shell, Lonely Planet, Boeing, Fuji Xerox, Fijitsu, St George Bank, NIB, Toga, ASIC, Departments of Defence, Immigration, Health, Industry, Education and 100s of other mid-size and large corporates as well as Government agencies around the globe.

BAU is able to deliver all services according to industry best practices. BAU has extensive experience in developing and testing BCPs and training staff/managers across a range of industries.

BAU’s services are performed in accordance with APRA (GPS222/APS232) Prudential Standard for BCP, Australian Standard HB221/292, AU/NZ 5050, COBIT DS4, BS25999, ISO22301 (Business Continuity), ISO31000 (Risk Management), ISO28000 (Supply Chain Security), ISO27001 (Information Security) and ITIL SCM (IT Service Continuity framework), and in line with AS4360 (Risk Management).

BAU services include internal audits, achieving organisational buy-in and awareness of BCP/DR/IS/Risk, facilitating rehearsals/exercises, preparing Executive Board presentations, integrating IT Service Continuity with overall Business Continuity plans and conducting Business Process Improvement projects.

Rinske Geerlings

Rinske Geerlings

Ms Rinske Geerlings, Managing Director of Business As Usual, has more than 20 years experience in BCP, IT Management and Business Process Improvement work – gained during roles in Financial Services, Consulting and Training work across Australia, NZ, Asia, Africa and Europe. BAU’s consultants are all fully trained and experienced in utilising BAU’s best practice templates and methodologies. The progress and deliverables of projects are conducted under guidance of Ms Geerlings, who also holds MBCI accreditation (Business Continuity Institute, UK), the Certified Business Continuity Planner accreditation (CBCP – Disaster Recovery Institute International, USA), a Masters in Engineering and a range of IT and Project Management certifications including ITIL, COBIT and Prince2.

 

Why Business As Usual?

1) Unique combination of qualifications and skills

BAU holds the rare combination of skills and qualifications i.e. Business Continuity related certifications (CBCP / Disaster Recovery Institute International, and MBCI / Business Continuity Institute), supplemented by IT certifications including COBIT and ITIL Master.

BAU has been assisting customers, small and large, with process improvement work. In addition, BAU has extensive training/facilitation experience, and has been conducting at least 15 ‘Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery’ training programs per annum.

We are also a certified Gold partner of the PECB in relation to ISO31000 (Risk Management), ISO27001 (Information Security) and ISO22301 (the new world standard on BCM). We conduct certification training and host ISO22301 and other ISO exams.

2) Top quality resources and knowledge base

Considering BAU involves the right associates, at the right time, for the right project, each customer can be sure of optimal resourcing based on their requirements, industry and location.

As Business As Usual regularly provides consultancy and training services across a broad range of organisations and industries (Public and Private sectors), clients benefit from this expertise and receive best-practice assistance with the ‘way forward’ recommendations for implementing process improvements.

3) Tried & tested frameworks and methodologies

Over the years, BAU has optimised constantly how Business Continuity processes are best implemented, ensuring a limited effort from customers’ staff and managers involved. The often perceived as ‘dry’ process of documenting, maintaining and testing BCPs is done by BAU in an efficient, user-friendly and fun way. See below a snapshot of the step-by-step method applied by BAU.

4) Real-life, operational BCM experience

We have implemented entire Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management processes ‘from scratch’ by using best-practice process methodologies and widely accepted standards, including Australian Standard HB221, the APRA standard, ITIL and Prince2.

This process has also included defining various disaster scenarios, training all staff and managers involved, and testing for a range of Business Continuity events on a regular basis.

In addition, our key staff have built up extensive Management Consulting and Training experience, assisting Corporate clients (e.g. in the Finance industry, Retail, Manufacturing, Transport, Insurance, Printing, Publishing, Emergency Services, Hospitality and Information Technology sectors) as well as Government clients (e.g. QLD Department of Public Works, Gippsland Water, Federal Court of Australia, QLD Department of Education, NSW Department of Industry & Investment, NSW Councils and Central Banks of Tanzania/Kenya/Uganda/Burundi/Rwanda/Bangladesh/Australia).

How can we help you?

Contact information
Telephone: (+61) 2 8006 2884
Postal address: GPO Box 3100 – Sydney NSW 2001 – Australia
info@businessasusual.net.au