The NPSCC is accountable for the effectiveness of the NRT as a capability and therefore has a direct role in assuring that the appointed individuals are capable of performing their function. The NPSCC will perform this assurance role through an NRT Assessment Panel that will review individuals nominated to the NRT and submit to NPSCC for confirmation. The NRT Assessment Panel will comprise representatives from AMSA and two jurisdictions.
The States and Northern Territory will provide personnel to the National Response Team. Individuals will be nominated by the relevant State Marine Pollution Controller and will be required to meet the selection criteria (as detailed in Appendix A). These criteria include:
- Medical fitness for the performance of the function. Medical fitness will be certified by the nominating jurisdiction on an annual basis.
- Prior attainment of core competencies for the function.
- Experience attained through the deployments to emergencies or through exercises. This experience should be directly related to the function to which they are nominated.
- Certification by the State Marine Pollution Controller that the individual is suited to the function for which they have been nominated.
- Certification by the State Marine Pollution Controller that the individual will be made available for training, exercising and deployment for a three year period3.
Equivalent training and/or skills currency and ongoing assurance at State/NT level, or similar, will be considered on a case a case basis.
3. The Policy notes that there will be reasonable circumstances where this condition cannot be met, e.g. illness, family circumstances, change of employment, unforeseen operational reasons.