Exercise Odysseus (2014)

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If Australia had an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, a critical measure in limiting the spread will be to stop the movement of all susceptible livestock, initially for a period of at least 72 hours.

Exercise Odysseus was a series of 48 discussion exercises and field-based activities that enhanced national (government and industry) preparedness for the implementation of a national livestock standstill in response to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
Exercise Odysseus took place in 2014 and early 2015, and involved over 1600 participants from government, industry and non-government organisations.
The exercise programme focussed on issues associated with the implementation of a national livestock standstill at an organisational, jurisdictional and national level. The exercise scenario was based on an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), initially detected in Queensland.

The objectives of the exercise were to:

  • assess national, jurisdictional and industry arrangements for implementing and managing a livestock standstill.
  • assess national, jurisdictional and industry decision-making processes in declaring and implementing a national livestock standstill.
  • assess mechanisms for communicating a national livestock standstill and their effectiveness.
  • assess coordination within and between government and non-government agencies and industry, prior to and during a national livestock standstill.

Exercise Odysseus Report

Read the Final Report on Exercise Odysseus.

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