Nationally

  • Then Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, announced Operation COVID-19 Assist on April 1, 2020.

  • Current nationwide Defence support includes:

    • ADF personnel deployed as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist.

    • The ADF is 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 COVID-19 Taskforce 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.

  • ADF and Defence APS personnel are embedded in various Australian Government agencies, including the Department of Health and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.