The role of legislation in critical infrastructure resilience

This content was originally published on The Resilience Shift website. The Resilience Shift, a 5-year programme supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, transitioned at the end of 2021 to become Resilience Rising. You can read more about The Resilience Shift’s journey and the transition to Resilience Rising here.

The Resilience Shift recognises that, to promote a shift in how the resilience of critical infrastructure is delivered in practice, decision makers need a common understanding of ‘what’ resilience is and why it matters, tools and approaches that will equip them to put resilience thinking into practice, and a clear understanding of the drivers and incentives to shift practice towards resilience approaches.

Our work has told us that the drivers of change for critical infrastructure resilience come from three key areas: policy action (including legislation and regulation), financial incentives, and customer demand. There is no single solution for resilience, and most examples of successfully embedding resilience into practice result from a blend of levers.

This report explores the impact of a legislative policy instrument used in the state of Victoria, Australia, and relating to the resilience of critical infrastructure. Based on in-depth interviews with infrastructure owners and operators, it highlights how legislation, as a policy instrument, can drive more comprehensive resilience approaches, both within organisations and at a sector and cross-sector level.

Legislation is an important piece of the overall puzzle, and there are valuable findings from this work, that can inform the strengthening of critical infrastructure resilience in other sectors and geographies.

We are delighted to have supported the authors in producing this report.

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