The aim of the OPICC-led sub-exercise was to test and evaluate the current plans, processes and capabilities of the OPICC and the department’s CMT by simulating a coordinated response by the Commonwealth Government, Western Australian Government and offshore petroleum industry to an offshore petroleum incident.
The department set the following objectives for the sub-exercise, against which the performance of the OPICC and the department’s CMT was assessed:
- Test the OPICC’s and the CMT’s ability to demonstrate effective leadership in managing and coordinating the Commonwealth Government’s response to the incident
- Test the OPICC’s ability to use relevant information from a variety of sources to deliver targeted key messages to appropriate stakeholders through effective methods of communication
- Evaluate the CMT’s internal capacity and resilience to manage the incident
- Test the effectiveness of the OPICC’s and the CMT’s communication and media management with: NOPSEMA; other Commonwealth agencies; WA State Government; Titleholder
- Test the ability of the OPICC and the CMT to deal with conflicting expert sources of information during an incident