‘High Consequence Decision Making’ (HCD) is a training program for decision makers who must make go/no go judgment calls in complex situations, and for who the consequences of error can be catastrophic. It includes leadership and team process components. The program is generic and can be applied by anyone or any organisation confronted with this challenge.

The HCD Program was first developed as decision support for commanders in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It has also been used by Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and other government agencies for training Incident Management Teams. HCD draws on the research contained in Dirk Maclean’s ‘Shoot, Don’t Shoot’, which serves as a textbook for the course. The book is available for free download from the RAAF’s Air Power Development Centre website.

HCD training is scenario based and contains a number of modules, each one taking half a day to complete. These can be packaged in any combination to meet particular needs.

Modules include –