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 

NSW Rural Fire Service 
Email Stephen Glassock:

NSW Ambulance 
Email Tim Fairservice:

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


Face to face training is conducted over 3 days, including 2 nights residential.


Emergency Management Overview (online self-paced) 

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, project management, 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)
  • 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 to facilitate a diverse multi-agency learning environment.

Nominations and self-registration will close 60 days prior to the course start date. Successful candidates will receive a confirmation email approximately 15 days prior to the course.

There is no course fee attached to this course.

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


Participants will be enrolled and undertake formal assessment for the units PUAEMR031 - Design emergency management exercises and PUAEMR030 - Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises.

PUAEMR031 Design emergency management exercises

The assessment requires satisfactory performance in the following tasks:

Task 1 and 2 are to be completed in the classroom and task 3 is to be completed post course within 6 months after the face to face training.

1. Answers questions

2. Simulated activity. Discussion Exercise

Design, develop, document a desktop/discussion-based exercise that requires multi agency input during the training workshop and prepare a documented exercise plan.

3. Questions, workplace activity with the third party report.

PUAEMR030 Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises

The assessment requires satisfactory performance in the following tasks:

Task 1 is to be completed in the classroom and task 2, 3 and 4 are to be completed post course within 6 months after the face to face training.

1. Observation

2. Answers to questions

3. Provide work samples that evidence the candidate's work in two different types of emergency management exercises.

4. A third party report for both exercises.


Unless there is prior agreement with OEM because of extenuating circumstances, the assessment documentation has to be provided to OEM Training within 6 months of the attendance at the course. 

Course dates

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