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, participate in refresher training at least every five years, or more frequently if any significant changes have been made to the EADRA or its processes.

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 impact of COVID has meant LLI training has been adapted for virtual delivery. As travel restrictions ease, the training model will transition back to scenario-based F2F with a host jurisdiction and mixed industry liaison representatives invited from that particular state/territory. The location and dates selected will follow further consultation between AHA, the relevant peak industry body, the host jurisdiction and state farming organisations.

Virtual formatF2F format


  • Up to 30 participants
  • Approx. 3 hours
  • Prerequisite: EAD foundation course*
  • Focusses on the roles, responsibilities and expectations of industry during an EAD response, specifically the LLI function. It includes scenario-based, facilitated discussions. Supported by content on Australia’s response arrangements and structures
  • Discussion based and interactive
  • Refreshed at least every five years
  • Up to 20 participants
  • Approx. 6 hours
  • 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
  • Refreshed at least every five years

*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

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 in the AHA EAD Contacts database. This is part of AHA’s role in supporting peak industry bodies coordinating their training related communications to their authorised representatives, and facilitates industry involvement in the capacity of an LLI in a state coordination or local control centre during an EAD response.
Please refer to the additional resources below for guidance on appointment of industry personnel to the LLI Function in an EAD response.

Additional resources