Course in Oil Spill Response Operations

The Course in Oil Spill Response Operations is designed for people involved in the practical aspects of oil spill response. It is suitable for people with a hands-on approach at oil facilities and marine terminals.

Targeted Audience

Personnel from government and industry who could be involved in practical response activities.

For responders, aspiring Core Group members and potential on-site team leaders.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Work within relevant legislation and guiding frameworks including OHS, the intergovernmental agreement and relevant contingency plans.
  • Identify characteristics of and assess oil spills, implement appropriate initial actions and identify and make appropriate notifications.
  • Implement appropriate initial actions and identify and make appropriate notifications in the case of an oil spill.
  • Apply knowledge of a set range of oil spill response strategies to identify appropriate response.
  • Apply knowledge to identify appropriate oil spill response equipment.
  • Record, communicate and distribute oil incident response information within the structured environment of an incident control centre.
  • Identify, inspect, prepare and operate oil spill response equipment
  • Deploy equipment as outlined in the incident action plan
  • Ensure equipment is operational and ready for emergency use
  • Liaise with incident control centre to assess and plan layout of an oil spill response incident site, including staging area, temporary storage and removal of recovered oil spill waste
  • Ensure outcomes identified in an incident action plan are met by the work team

Program Benefits

  • Contribute as a member of an emergency response team attending to an oil spill with particular responsibility for the (1) coordination of the incident site and staging area and (2) the management of equipment and waste.


  • Australian Response Arrangements
  • Oil Spill Assessment
  • Characteristics of Spilt Oil
  • Oil Spills and the Environment
  • Health and Safety
  • Monitor and Evaluate
  • Dispersants
  • Protection and Deflection
  • Containment and Recovery
  • Shoreline Cleanup
  • Response Alternatives
  • Waste Management
  • The above will be done through a mixture of lectures and practical exercises throughout the week.

Learning Methods

5 days classroom face-to-face sessions and practical field deployments.
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