Defence is supporting the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the COVID-19 Taskforce.
During Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, about 2,000 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.
Confirmed Defence cases to date: 44, of which 40 have recovered.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 13:15
Defence Minister speaks to Indonesian counterpart
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed, but not stopped, the way Defence officials engage with their counterparts overseas.
The Defence Minister recently spoke to her Indonesian counterpart.
Catching up again with my Indonesian counterpart Pak Prabowo today to discuss our respective domestic responses to COVID-19.Australia and Indonesia are firm friends and neighbours, as well as strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific. pic.twitter.com/kKhiyrfOyw
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 provided health, logistics and movements support to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Border Force repatriation and care of Australian Nationals on Christmas Island and Howard Springs via RAAF bases Learmonth and Darwin.
Has been supplying clinical and epidemiological support to the Department of Health National Incident Room since early February 2020.
More than 200 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.
New South Wales - 409 personnel
318 ADF personnel are supporting state police quarantine and self-isolation directions at Sydney Airport, ports, local hotels and residences.
Queensland - 483 personnel
159 ADF personnel are supporting state police with Queensland border controls.
78 personnel are providing support to Queensland Police to protect Indigenous communities.
60 personnel are supporting self-isolation compliance checks
44 personnel are supporting state police with the reception of international arrivals at airports.
10 personnel are involved in planning support and contact tracing teams.
Victoria - 25 personnel
10 ADF personnel are involved in planning support and assistance.
Western Australia - 106 personnel
31 ADF personnel are supporting Western Australia Police Force border controls.
15 personnel are involved in planning support teams.
South Australia - 36 personnel
16 ADF personnel are involved in planning support.
Tasmania - 33 personnel
10 ADF personnel are involved in planning support and contact tracing teams.
9 personnel are supporting state police quarantine compliance checks.
Northern Territory - 123 personnel
31 ADF personnel are providing support to Northern Territory Police to protect Indigenous communities.
Australian Capital Territory – 44 personnel
5 ADF personnel are involved in planning support and contact tracing teams.