Exercise Orange Juice

About the exercise

Exercise Orange Juice is an exercise program that aims to review and evaluate New South Wales’ preparedness to a detection of the exotic disease citrus canker. The Northern Territory is currently (2018) attempting eradication of citrus canker after recently detecting the disease for the third time since 1912. There has never been a detection of citrus canker in New South Wales, however, in light of this most recent citrus canker incursion and other previous outbreaks of this disease in Australia, a need to review and evaluate NSW emergency response plans, preparedness and response capacity in relation to this disease has been identified.

Exercise Orange Juice will be a discussion based exercise held in Griffith NSW on October 24 2018. The dynamic between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) in a plant based emergency response will be a key focus of Exercise Orange Juice.

The NSW Citrus Industry

Citrus is one of most important horticultural industries in NSW with a production area of around 13,000 hectares. The Australian citrus industry is the largest fresh fruit exporter in Australia worth in excess of A$200 million annually. NSW produces around 250,000 tonnes of citrus annually representing 40% of Australian production and 36% of citrus exports.


Exercise Orange Juice is being prepared and conducted in partnership by DPI and LLS, with participants from both branches of government as well as key stakeholders of the NSW citrus industry.

Government units providing participants for the exercise include Primary Industries' Plant Biosecurity & Product Integrity, Emergency Operations Intelligence & Programs, Plant Biosecuirty Research & Diagnostics, Biosecuirty & Food Safety Compliance, DPI Horticulture, Biosecuirty & Food Safety Stakeholder Engagement & Customer Services, DPI Communications & Stakeholder Engagement and Local Land Services representatives from various regions.

External parties who have been invited to take part in the exercise include Plant Health Australia, Citrus Australia, Auscitrus, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (including NSW & ACT branch) and NSW Farmers.

The exercise will allow participants to consider and review the NSW approach to a plant pest emergency response with the intention to eradicate following an approved response plan (PlantPlan) under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD).

Being better prepared

This exercise is an important part of government and industry’s preparedness to respond effectively and efficiently to biosecurity emergencies. The exercise assists in better preparation for pest and disease incursions that have the potential to damage Australia’s food and fibre production industries.


To review and evaluate NSW preparedness to a detection of the exotic pest citrus canker where the emergency response effort is focused on attempted eradication.


The objectives to be achieved by conducting this exercise include:

  • Objective 1 Assess New South Wales’ preparedness to respond to a citrus canker detection in the state
    • Sub-objective 1.1 Identify and capture any gaps or shortfalls of current NSW emergency response plans, protocols and processes that would be utilised in a response to citrus canker
    • Sub-objective 1.2 Identify solutions and capture recommendations based on any gaps or shortfalls identified
    • Sub-objective 1.3 Determine an initial response plan for citrus canker based on NT and QLD response plans
  • Objective 2 Build collaboration and clarify roles within NSW DPI clusters and between NSW DPI and LLS in relation to plant based emergency response
    • Sub-objective 2.1 Clarify roles across DPI internal clusters in a plant emergency response
    • Sub-objective 2.2 Clarify roles between DPI and LLS in a plant based emergency response
  • Objective 3 Explore communications processes in relation to a citrus canker emergency response
    • Sub-objective 3.1 Identify key communications to occur throughout the response and identify who is responsible
    • Sub-objective 3.2 Identify and capture interactions and flow of information that occurs between communications team AND functional response areas
    • Sub-objective 3.3 Capture any gaps or shortfalls and identify potential solutions or recommendations against these

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