Austraumaplan: Final November 2011

Section 6: Response Coordination

Page last updated: 30 November 2011

6.1 Aeromedical Transport Considerations

6.1.1 When aeromedical transport is required under this plan, this will be coordinated by AGD EMA through the AMTCG.

6.1.2 The AMTCG includes representation from AGD EMA, DoHA, ADF, states and territory aeromedical coordinators, CAA, DFAT and AusAID.

6.2 Communications

6.2.1 All telephone requests and instructions are to be confirmed by facsimile or e-mail to the NIR as soon as practicable.

6.2.2 Upon activation, the NIR will provide timely situation reports to relevant Australian Government agencies and state and territory AHPC members participating in AUSTRAUMAPLAN operations and for the information of others as appropriate.

6.2.3 In circumstances in which an AGCC or NCC is also convened, the activation of the NIR will be reported to the CCC. The CCC will provide situation reports to Australian Government agencies.

6.2.4 Subsequent SitReps will be promulgated to all relevant agencies providing current information on AUSTRAUMPLAN operations.

6.2.5 Communications to the DoHA NIR can be directed as follows:
National Incident Room t: (+61) 2 6289 3030
Department of Health and Ageing e: Health.Ops@Health.gov.au

6.3 Financial Considerations

6.3.1 All agencies in all jurisdictions involved in AUSTRAUMAPLAN operations are expected, in the first instance, to absorb any costs incurred. Details of expenditure should be recorded at all stages of AUSTRAUMAPLAN operations by all agencies in each jurisdiction.

6.3.2 Internal agency authorisations for expenditure of funds and deployment of resources in response to AUSTRAUMAPLAN activation are the responsibility of that agency and should be included in their agency plans.

6.4 Linkages to National Level Plans

6.4.1 AUSTRAUMAPLAN operates under the auspices of the National Health Emergency Response Arrangements (the NatHealth Arrangements) 2009.

6.4.2 The Australian Government Disaster Response Plan (COMDISPLAN) provides the framework for addressing state and territory requests for Commonwealth physical assistance arising from any type of emergency. COMDISPLAN is normally activated when Commonwealth assistance for emergency response or short term recovery is requested or likely to be requested. If aeromedical (AME) transportation is required on advice from DoHA/AHPC and the AMTCG, AGD EMA will provide coordination (through AMTCG) for all AME transportation in close liaison with the NIR.

6.4.3 AUSTRAUMAPLAN can operate independently of COMDISPLAN. However, if COMDISPLAN is activated, AUSTRAUMAPLAN acknowledges that the formal COMDISPLAN pathways and requests for national health sector assistance must follow the prescribed arrangements for COMDISPLAN in requests being directed from the nominated State Controller to AGD EMA and AGD EMA tasking to DoHA/AHPC.

6.4.4 The National Counter-Terrorism Committee (NCTC) has established cooperative plans between the Australian Government and States and Territories to manage terrorist incidents or threats. The National Counter-Terrorism Plan (NCT-P) outlines responsibilities, authorities and the mechanisms to prevent, or if they occur, manage acts of terrorism and their consequences within Australia.

6.4.5 AUSTRAUMAPLAN can operate independently of NCT-P, if the MCINC is the result of a natural disaster where NCT-P arrangements do not apply. However, if the NCT-P is activated, AUSTRAUMAPLAN operations will comply with the mechanisms stipulated in the NCT-P and National Counter-Terrorism Handbook (NCT-H), particularly in relation to stated roles and functions of DoHA and the AHPC, and to the maintenance of information security and critical infrastructure protection.