The National Response Team (NRT) is comprised personnel able to support pollution response operations around the country. The NRT is managed in cooperation with all jurisdictions; which nominate members to meet the needs of both incident management and operations.

The NRT is managed in accordance with the National Response Team Policy, approved by the National Plan Strategic Coordination Committee (NPSCC) with activation of the NRT managed by AMSA.

The purpose of the National Response Team (NRT) is to provide a national incident management and field operations surge capacity that supports control agencies to respond to major maritime environmental emergency incidents.

The NRT can perform the following functions during response operations:

  • Advisor to the Incident Controller – appointed to advise or mentor senior officers within the incident management team (IMT or conducting field operations).
  • IMT Section Officer – lead a section (planning, operations, logistics) within an IMT.
  • Response Team Leader2 – lead a unit within the IMT (e.g. situation, shoreline response).
  • Field Team Leader – Lead a team conducting field operations.

The NRT will be formed by personnel drawn from the Australian State and Northern Territory governments. The minimum number and functions of individuals to be provided by each State and the Northern Territory are identified in Table 2.

The NRT is a primary tool for IMT surge capacity in relation to oil spill response and not HNS response, which remains the responsibility of the lead control agency.

NRT Composition 

Function Minimum positions per state/Northern Territory Total Assurance target (available at any time)**
Adviser to the Incident Control N/A* 5 3
Planning 1 7 4
Intelligence 1 7 4
Operations 1 7 4
Logistics 1 7 4
Response Team Leader (Offshore) 3 21 12
Response Team Leader (Onshore) 3 21 12
Wildlife Response Advisor 1 7 4

*Incident Control Advisers will be appointed on a capability basis, rather than distributed across the States/Northern Territory.
**States/NT may nominate more than the minimum number of nominated jurisdictional personnel. The cost for participation in training and exercise for additional personnel will be at the respective jurisdictions expense.


2. Shoreline Team Leaders should have a level of understanding of SCAT processes.