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  Management
  Alternatives Pty Ltd
  ABN 23 050 334 435

 

 

 


3. Common risks and possible responses

Below are examples of risks in community organisations and possible responses to those risks. The list of risks is not comprehensive.

Area of Risk Examples Response Type of response
Governance The governing body may not meet its responsibilities

Training and orientation

Directors insurance

Reduce risk through changed practice

Transfer risk

Strategic directions The organisation may loose its way in a constantly changing environment Strategic planning Reduce risk through changed work practice
Professional risks

Staff may not be professionally competent

Recruitment and selection procedures

Orientation program

Supervision

Reduce risk through changed work practice
  Clients may receive an inappropriate service causing harm Professional indemnity insurance Transfer risk
  Clients homes may be the site of potential violence Don't do home visits where there is a risk of violence Avoid risk through not providing service
  Staff may not understand what they need to do in a given set of circumstances Organisational manual Reduce risk through changed work practice
Physical risks Office equipment my be unsafe  Occupational health and safety committee and processes Reduce risk through changed work practice
  Staff or clients may be involved in a car accident  Insurance Transfer risk
Legal Legal requirements may not be met

Register of all relevant legislation

Compliance plan

Avoid risk through compliance

Financial risks Finances may be insufficient to meet operational expenses Financial planning Reduce risk through changed work practices
  Fraud

Financial systems

Audit

Reduce risk through changed work practices

  Fraud  Insurance Transfer risk
 Property  Fire

Provision of fire extinguishers; marked exists 

Insurance

Reduce risk through changed work practices

Transfer risk

  Earthquake  Insurance Transfer risk
 Environmental Tree damage to buildings from fallen trees or branches Tree maintenance plan Reduce risk through changed work practices
  Tree damage during storm Insurance Transfer risk
  Earthquake Insurance Transfer risk
  The community B-B-Q will be rained out Halls on stand-by Contingency planning