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1. Contingency planning

Department of Health and Human Services facilities and funded projects require secure supply of engineering services to meet the department’s commitments for the provision of health and community services. The required level of security of services is governed by a number of factors, including the nature and volume of the services being provided, the members of the community requiring the services and the availability of alternative services.

Selected facilities must have the capability of delivering on a continuous basis all critical infrastructures such as water and electricity required to maintain service delivery.

Asset assessment needs to be undertaken prior to project definition to clearly identify the capacity and integrity of the existing infrastructure to meet project requirements. The assessment should include contingencies for future demands, reliability and availability issues.