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.