Design and Manage Exercises

Important enrolment information

To attend this course you will be required to make your nomination through your agency or organisation 60 days prior to the course commencement date. Contact details for agencies or organisations are listed below.

If your agency or organisation is not listed, please forward an email to

Agency Contacts

NSW Police Force

NSW State Emergency Services 
Phone: 02 42516741

Department of Primary Industries 

NSW Health 

Roads and Maritime Services 
Email Cassandra Brooks:

Fire and Rescue NSW 
Email Andrew Faunce:

NSW Rural Fire Service 
Email Stephen Glassock:

NSW Ambulance 
Email Peter Croft:

Transport NSW 
Email Paul Hogan:


Design and Manage Exercises (DAME), previously Exercise Management, provides a platform for participants to build their knowledge and skills to design, write, manage and evaluate emergency management exercises in line with the National Framework, practice and documentation standards.

Please Note: Office of Emergency Management (OEM) training is delivered in a multi-agency context. A selection process will be undertaken by your Agency/Organisation and OEM. For more information on nomination go to "Target Audience".

Exercises are integral to preparedness in emergency management and helps build agency and organisational capacity to respond to emergencies. Exercises are used to:

  • review, test or assess plans, processes, standards and equipment;
  • evaluate and practice procedures, control and coordination arrangements and;
  • evaluate how multi teams and agencies collaborate and perform together.

Conducting well prepared and coordinated exercises, in addition to testing emergency plans and Standing Operating Procedures, leads to better understanding and cooperation between the various components of the emergency management structure within NSW.

This course covers:

1​. Exercise concept development 2. Planning and designing exercises 3. Conducting the exercise 4. Debriefing and evaluation
  • aim
  • objectives and
  • scope
  • exercise types
  • scenarios
  • control and coordination
  • staffing
  • planning
  • logistics and
  • identifying and assessing risks
  • pre-exercise activities
  • briefings and rehearsals
  • starting the exercise
  • during the exercise
  • finishing the exercise and
  • debriefing the exercise
  • process
  • analysis
  • documents and
  • reporting


3 days - including two nights residential required during training (class based course)


  • Emergency Management Overview (online self-paced)
  • Introduction to Emergency Management (class based) or equivalent

Target au​dience

Design and Manage Exercises has been designed to build capacity and capability of agencies, organisations and the State. The program has been developed at the top end of OEM's training pathway and expects that participants come with sound EM knowledge and skill sets. This course is suitable for employees, managers and volunteers working at a local, regional or state level who are involved in developing and conducting single and multi-agency emergency management exercises. This includes personnel and middle to upper level managers whose role includes:

  • responsibility for designing, planning, writing and conducting exercises or drills in your agency or in your community
  • managing and overseeing exercises
  • responsibility for testing their emergency management plans, policies, arrangements, procedures and processes

Suitable candidates will:

  • have core management capabilities related to decision making, planning, managing work and teams, and high level problem solving,
  • have identified EM roles or expect to be occupying these roles in the near future,
  • have completed the prerequisite learning (online module Emergency Management Overview and the class-based training Introduction to Emergency Management or equivalent), and
  • be nominated and endorsed by their organisation

Agencies can nominate candidates from within their agency or organisation who meet the selection criteria above.

Candidates may also self-nominate on the Emergency NSW website. However, the candidate's agency must endorse the candidate's suitability for the course.

There is a maximum of 20 participants per course. As OEM training is delivered in a multi-agency context, each agency's representation will be monitored. Agencies can nominate up to 2 candidates per course.

Nominations and self-registration will close 21 days prior to the course start date. Successful candidates will receive a confirmation email approximately 14 days prior to the course.

There is no course fee attached to this course.


Participants will be enrolled and undertake formal assessment for the unit PUAEMR031 - Design emergency management exercises. Completed documentation for two types of exercises - a field and a desk top exercises - will be submitted at the end of training for assessment. On successful completion of the assessment component, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for PUAEMR031 - Design emergency management exercises.

In the six months following training completion, participants can undertake the unit PUAEMR030 - Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises as a post-course assessment option. The evidence submitted for assessment:

  • Will be of two different types of exercises that have been managed by the participant. At least one of these exercises must have multi-agency input.
  • Can include one or both of the exercises designed during training, if the participants has delivered, managed and evaluated the exercises. Other exercises managed by the participant in the last two years may also be used.

On successful completion of the post-course assessment, candidates will receive a Statement of Attainment for PUAEMR030 - Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises.

National unit of com​​​​petency

Two National units of competency are aligned with the Design and Manage Exercises course:

PUAEMR031 - Design emergency management exercises 
PUAEMR030 - Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises


Accommodation is provided to participants for the evenings of Day 1 and Day 2 of the course. Participants or their organisation are responsible for transport costs to and from the training location, and for any accommodation prior and/or after the conclusion of the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • outline and apply exercise management concepts and principles
  • understand the value and benefits of conducting exercises
  • analyse the requirements for an exercise
  • determine the exercise purpose, aims and objectives
  • design, plan and prepare exercises
  • assess exercise risks and identify ways to mitigate the risks
  • manage exercise activities
  • conduct an exercise
  • evaluate and validate outcomes against exercise objectives
  • effectively use exercise management templates and documents that are approved for use in NSW

Course dates and regist​ration

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