15 January 2021
Defence is supporting the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the COVID-19 Taskforce.
During Operation COVID-19 Assist, ADF personnel have been supporting the Government’s response to COVID-19.
Defence is also adjusting our operations, training, activities and business to follow the relevant government health guidelines, while maintaining operational readiness.
Latest snapshot of Defence support
National - Approximately 1,554 personnel are deployed as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist
The Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, announced Operation COVID-19 Assist on April 1, 2020.
Current nationwide Defence support includes:
Contact tracing and planning support teams to all state and territory governments.
Supporting law enforcement agencies with mandatory quarantine arrangements.
The ADF will not be authorised as law enforcement officers as this remains the responsibility of the states and territories.
Additionally, the ADF:
Has established the three-star-led COVID-19 task force to coordinate Defence’s internal response to COVID-19 and support the whole-of-government effort.
Is supporting Emergency Management Australia-led (EMA) planning for the National Communicable Disease Incidence of National Significance Plan in response to COVID-19.
Is supporting the Department of Health with logistics and specialist staff.
Has been supplying clinical and epidemiological support to the Department of Health National Incident Room since early February 2020.
22 ADF and Defence APS personnel are embedded in various Australian Government agencies, including the Department of Home Affairs and Services Australia.