The ADF has increased its support in Sydney, helping more Australians returns to their homes. 

With the Commonwealth increasing the cap on international arrivals, the NSW Government is now accepting 500 passengers a day into Sydney Airport, up from 350.

The number of personnel has nearly doubled, with about 260 personnel now helping.

Leading Aircraftwoman Keira Wicks, from No. 2 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, has been on the job at Sydney Airport for two days.

“It’s a nice change of pace to get off the tools and try something new,” Leading Aircraftwoman Wicks said. 

“It’s great seeing everyone come in, particularly families. They’re all happy to be returning home and it’s good to be able to give them a helping hand.” 

Commander of Operation COVID-19 Assist in NSW Brigadier Mick Garraway said the work of ADF personnel was vital.

“These additional soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen are enabling more Australians to return home,” Brigadier Garraway said. 

“Without this support, it would be much harder for the government to be in a position to increase the caps on international arrivals.” 

Lance Corporal Christopher Lyne, a chef on board HMAS Canberra, said he was assisting NSW Police at quarantine hotels.  

“I saw a family wave to their dad outside as they went into the hotel for 14 days – it was difficult seeing that,” Lance Corporal Lyne said. 

“I’m glad that I can help them with their bags and try to make them feel a little bit better as they go into their mandatory quarantine.”