Liaison-Livestock Industry role

Industry representatives play a critical role during an emergency animal disease (EAD) response by providing industry perspective, essential advice and guidance on response matters. Existing response arrangements acknowledge this role and the benefits it provides to response planning and reducing the overall impacts of the EAD on business continuity, and identifies areas within the EAD response structure to which industry is formally incorporated and invited to contribute to the response.

These areas include:

  • Representation on the National Management Group (NMG) and the Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases (CCEAD)
  • Performing the role of Liaison – Livestock Industry, a representative of their peak industry body responsible for liaising and consulting with the affected jurisdiction via the Incident/Coordination Management Team on response management and strategy
  • Contributing industry-specific advice to assist the planning and conduct of response operations as Specialist Advice – Livestock Industry personnel in the control centre.

On this page, we focus on Liaison – Livestock Industry (LLI) training delivered by Animal Health Australia (AHA). Industry signatories to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) have an obligation to have personnel that are appropriately trained to represent and act on behalf of their industry as LLI personnel. Personnel who have undergone LLI training should, where possible, refresh their knowledge at least every five years, or more frequently if any significant changes have been made to the EADRA or its processes. Please refer here for LLI refresher resources.

Liaison-Livestock Industry training

LLI training is targeted at industry personnel who have been nominated by their peak industry body and are likely to represent their industry under the LLI function during the event of an EAD incident. These individuals may or may not be an existing staff member of the peak industry body; regardless, the LLI function is responsible for reporting to and communicating with their peak industry body, and liaising with the Incident Management/Coordination Team in the control centres.

By participating in the workshop, individuals will gain an understanding of and/or become familiar with the following:

  • How EAD responses are conducted in Australia, including response structure, activities and routines of a control centre and response arrangements.
  • Roles, responsibilities and attributes of LLI personnel.
  • What they could expect as LLI personnel including appointment, deployment, and control centre induction.
  • Which functions in the control centre are the most relevant to the Liaison function.
  • How communication and decision-making processes operate during an EAD response.
  • The difference between the LLI and Specialist Advice role.

The LLI training model is scenario-based face-to-face workshops hosted by each jurisdiction on a rotating basis. Appropriate state/territory based members from each AHA industry member group is nominated by their peak industry body and then invited by AHA to register for the workshop being offered in their jurisdiction. The location and dates are based on consultation between AHA, the relevant peak industry bodies, the host jurisdiction and relevant state farming organisations.

Workshop format
  • Up to 30 participants
  • Approx. 1 day Prerequisite: EAD foundation course*
  • Focusses on the roles, responsibilities and expectations of industry during an EAD response, specifically the LLI function. This is supported by content on Australia’s response arrangements and structures
  • Scenario based

*It is expected that all participants complete any pre-work prescribed by AHA prior to their attendance, such as the EAD foundation course should they have not completed it in the last 12 months prior to training.

More information

If you’re interested in attending workshop training, please contact our Training team at trainingsupport@animalhealthaustralia.com.au or complete the contact form below.

Please note: LLI workshop training is not general EAD awareness training.

    Workshop resources

    As a participant, you may receive notifications and workshop materials before the workshop via email. Please make sure that you read these emails carefully as they often include instructions and workshop-specific details (e.g. location or dial-in details). The contents of these emails and any other materials or communications relating to the workshop are not to be circulated beyond the intended recipient as they may contain “exercise only” subject matter.

    Record of attendance

    Upon completing an LLI workshop, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Where participants have been formally nominated by their member organisation (i.e. signatory to the EADRA and a member of AHA), participant training details will be updated and stored in  AHA’s training database.
    Please refer to the additional resources below for guidance on appointment of industry personnel to the LLI Function in an EAD response.

    LLI workshops are distinct from workshops aimed at raising the general EAD response awareness of livestock industry producers. For further information about readily available EAD awareness resources and awareness training please click here.

    Additional resources