Practical training for members via simulation exercises is an important component of the National EPP Training Program. These exercises support the other forms of training delivered and test specific aspects of member’s biosecurity emergency preparedness. Together with discussion exercise activities that are included in the face-to-face training, PHA also works with members to delivery larger scale functional exercises, such as those listed below.
Exercise Haryana is a simulation exercise designed to test the preparedness for, and our ability to respond to, a Karnal bunt detection in Australia. Karnal bunt is a serious exotic fungal pest of wheat, durum and triticale that impacts on the quality and marketability of the grains.
This exercise builds on the significant preparedness work already undertaken by the grains industry and a number of governments, and will be delivered through three separate activities in 2015-16. These activities will cover public information in a response, surveillance, tracing, movement controls and national decision making.
The first activity of Exercise Haryana, on Public Information was on 17 August 2015 at the Attwood offices of Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The activity was attended by 37 representatives from government and industries (grain, supply chain, pork, chicken meat, eggs and stock feed manufacturers).
More information about this activity and its outcomes is in the report Exercise Haryana Activity 1 – Public information report
Exercise Yellow Dragon simulated a response to a detection of Asiatic citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing, two of the most serious threats to Australia’s citrus industry. The scenario was concentrated on the urban areas within and surrounding Sydney and enabled the participants to test three key aspects:
- Response operations under the constraints of an urban setting.
- Tracing of potential host material through nurseries.
- Engaging the community effectively to support the response efforts.
The exercise was hosted by NSW Department of Primary Industries and included 35 participants with a range of experience in emergency responses from the citrus and nursery industries, government agencies and PHA.
More information about the exercise and its outcomes is in the Exercise Yellow Dragon Report.
The potential impacts of a Varroa mite detection, and the ensuing response, on the pollination-dependent industries was investigated at Workshop Acari. Government regulators, pollination providers, and representatives from the beekeeping and pollination-dependent industries interacted with international and Australian experts through a mixture of key note presentations and discussion activities.
The workshop demonstrated to apiarists, the almond and other pollination-dependant industries how to prepare for, and act in, an incursion. More information on the workshop can be found in the Workshop Report.
Workshop Acari built on the report Varroa Mite Preparedness of Pollination Dependent Industries.
Exercise Tortrix simulated a detection of false codling moth, a serious exotic pest that could, in the case of a real incursion, potentially cause huge losses to plant production in Australia.
To determine how to respond to an incursion, 70 representatives from industry and government came together during the week of 12 August 2013 to participate in simulated meetings of the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests and the National Management Group, and to develop a Response Plan.
More information about the exercise and its outcomes is in the Exercise Report.
For more information about simulation exercises or to discuss other potential simulation exercises, please email Stephen Dibley or call 02 6215 7709.