The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released a draft new cross-industry Prudential Standard CPS 230 Operational Risk Management designed to strengthen the management of operational risk by all APRA-regulated entities including the banking, insurance and superannuation industries.

Operational risk is defined as the potential for financial loss or material disruption as a result of inadequate or failed internal processes or systems, the actions of people or external drivers and events, such as a pandemic, technology risks or natural disaster.

The new standard CPS 230 will incorporate updated minimum requirements for service provider management and business continuity management that are currently contained in prudential standards CPS 231 Outsourcing and CPS 232 Business Continuity Management (and the corresponding superannuation standards SPS 231 and SPS 232 and private health insurance standard HPS 231). These five standards will be replaced by the new CPS 230. CPS 234 Information Security will continue.

The aim of the standard is to:

  • strengthen operational risk management with new requirements to address weaknesses that have been identified in existing practices of APRA-regulated entities. This includes requirements to maintain and test internal controls to ensure they are effective in managing key operational risks.
  • improve business continuity planning to ensure that APRA-regulated entities are ready to respond to severe business disruptions, and maintain critical operations such as payments, settlements, fund administration and claims processing to minimise the impact of disruptions to customers. 
  • enhance third-party risk management by extending requirements to cover all material service providers that APRA-regulated entities rely upon for critical operations or that expose them to material operational risk, rather than just those that have been outsourced.

APRA expects to release the final CPS 230 in the first half of 2023, before the new standard comes into force on 1 January 2024.

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David Jacobson

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