NMG and CCEAD training

During the event of an emergency animal disease (EAD) incident, formal response structures are activated to facilitate information flow between the strategic, tactical and operational elements of a response. As part of this framework, national committees are convened to ensure rapid decision-making and an efficient and effective response.

These national committees include the:

  • National Management Group (NMG), the key decision-making body during cost-shared responses to animal health emergencies in Australia (i.e. they only convene should an Emergency Animal Disease Response Plan recommended by the Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases contain cost-sharing).
  • Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases (CCEAD), the key technical body responsible for coordinating the national response to animal health emergencies in Australia.

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 organisation on these committees, as defined in Normal Commitments. Personnel who have undergone training for CCEAD and NMG should, where possible, also 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.

National Management Group training

NMG training is targeted at high-level industry and government members who have the authority to make financial commitments to a cost-shared EAD response. These include Chief Executive Officers and presidents (or equivalent) and their advisors.

Having completed the training, personnel who represent their agency or organisation should:

  • be prepared to participate as (or advise and support) a member of the NMG.
  • understand their respective roles and responsibilities as signatories to the EADRA.

NMG training is delivered each year during AHA’s Engagement Week in March and September, either in a virtual or face-to-face workshop format. Additional awareness-based training may be delivered throughout the year based on member requests and availability.

Virtual formatF2F format
  • Up to 30 participants
  • Approx. 3 hours
  • Prerequisite: EAD foundation course*
  • Focusses on the roles and responsibilities of NMG members and meeting processes and principles
  • Discussion-based and interactive
  • Refreshed at least every five years
  • Up to 20 participants
  • Approx. 6.5 hours
  • Prerequisite: EAD foundation course*
  • Focusses on the roles and responsibilities of NMG members and meeting processes and principles and includes scenario-based, facilitated discussions
  • 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 have completed it in the last 12 months prior to the training.

NMG and CCEAD training may be combined into a single workshop at the discretion of AHA (e.g. based on requests from members; participant numbers etc.).

Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases training

CCEAD training is targeted at nominated veterinary and technical experts from industry and government members who would advise their NMG representative about disease control in an EAD response.

Having completed the training, participants should:

  • be prepared to participate as (or advise and support) a member of the CCEAD.
  • be familiar with the various phases of an EAD response in accordance with the EADRA.
  • understand their respective roles and responsibilities as signatories to the EADRA.

CCEAD training is delivered each year during AHA’s Engagement Week in March and September, either in a virtual or face-to-face workshop format. Additional awareness based training may be delivered throughout the year based on member requests and availability.

Virtual formatF2F format


  • Up to 30 participants
  • Approx. 3 hours
  • Prerequisite: EAD foundation course*
  • Focusses on the roles and responsibilities of CCEAD members and meeting processes and principles
  • Discussion based and interactive
  • Refreshed at least every five years
  • Up to 20 participants
  • Approx. 6.5 hours
  • Prerequisite: EAD foundation course*
  • Focusses on the roles and responsibilities of CCEAD members and meeting processes and principles and includes scenario-based, facilitated discussions
  • 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 the training.

NMG and CCEAD training may be combined into a single workshop at the discretion of AHA (e.g. based on requests from members; participant numbers etc.).

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Workshop resources

Workshop participants will need to confirm their attendance through their relevant national peak livestock body or government department. AHA will then notify all registered participants of any pre-workshop materials via email. Participants need to 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 CCEAD and NMG workshops, 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 as a CCEAD or NMG representative during an EAD response.