Emergency Exercises

Organisations may have preparedness and contingency plans for emergencies, however it is only when these plans are put to a test through drills and exercises can managers determine gaps and areas that need strengthening. Emergency exercises are one of the best ways to test emergency plans. Exercises are essential components to ensure that emergency management professionals are prepared to face emergencies and disasters.

Exercise Management Guidance Materials

This resource aims to provide standardised exercise templates for use when conducting exercises for emergencies and disasters. The document was developed through a review of relevant literature and consultation with emergency exercise managers.

Exercise Management Guidance Materials [PDF 400KB]

State Emergency Management Committee - SEMC Emergency Management Exercise Principles

Exercise activities conducted as part of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) capability development program support continuous improvement through the maintenance, development and evaluation of the NSW capability.

SEMC exercise activities must have a clear state wide benefit and align with the agreed SEMC exercise components (Appendix 1 of the Exercise Management Guidance Materials [PDF 400KB] Agencies propose exercises and, once agreed by the SEMC, are responsible for leading the development and conduct of the activities in consultation with other key stakeholders.

Exercises must have clearly defined aims, achievable and measureable objectives, and incorpo​rate a comprehensive evaluation strategy.

SEMC Exercise Proposal Process

All exercise proposals are to use the Exercise Proposal Template Appendix 2 of the Exercise Management Guidance Materials [PDF 400KB] and submitted to the SEMC Exercise Management Working Group for initial consideration. The Exercise Management Working Group provides advice to the sponsors of individual proposals, and recommends an SEMC Exercise Schedule to the Exercise Management Sub-Committee.

Funding Application Process

An annual call for proposals will be made prior to the financial year.

The Exercise Working Group will consider proposals submitted and applicants will be advised by the Secretariat of the outcome. In extenuating circumstances the Exercise Working Group may consider urgent exercise proposals out of session.

Exercise Management, Finance and Post-Exercise Reporting

The Exercise Planning Committee will be responsible for exercise management, financial management and post-exercise reporting. The Post-exercise report should address the exercise objectives and:

  • Identify whether these were achieved,
  • Provide a summary of evidence supporting the conclusion, and
  • Present recommendations resulting from the exercise.

<>The Post-Exercise Report should include an executive summary and relevant attachments to support findings and recommendations in the Evaluator/Assessor Report.

Exercise Management Tools

These documents can be used as templates for your exercise:

For further information please email: trainingadmin@mpes.nsw.gov.au