The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will significantly increase its support to Victoria to help it contain the recent outbreak of COVID-19.
Following a request from the Victorian Government, around 1,000 ADF personnel will deploy in Victoria.
Up to 850 ADF members will provide support to hotel quarantine monitoring, while around 200 personnel will provide logistical and medical support for public testing initiatives.
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Current nation-wide 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.
About 100 ADF and Defence APS personnel are embedded in various Australian Government agencies, including the Department of Home Affairs and Services Australia.
*Note: Personnel in Joint Task Group headquarters, supporting roles, and those preparing for tasks are included in overall state-based figures but are not captured in the list of tasks.
128 ADF personnel are supporting state police with Queensland border controls.
73 personnel are supporting self-isolation compliance checks.
45 personnel are providing support to Queensland Police to protect Indigenous communities.
44 personnel are supporting state police with the reception of international arrivals at airports.
5 personnel are involved in planning support.
102 ADF personnel are supporting state police quarantine and self-isolation directions at Sydney Airport, local hotels and residences.
35 ADF personnel are providing support to Northern Territory Police to protect Indigenous communities.