ADF personnel are supporting the Department of Health and Human Services response to COVID-19 in Colac and regional Victoria. 

Trooper Sean Sheriff from Army’s 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, based at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane, has been deployed to his home state of Victoria in support of Operation COVID-19 Assist. 

Originally from Essendon, Melbourne, Trooper Sheriff said his role was different to his usual duties as a driver. 

“I help with providing people with contact numbers for the Department of Health and Human Services, providing households with adequate face masks and hand sanitiser or assisting with getting groceries,” Trooper Sheriff said.

“Duties also range from map work to constructing logical and efficient lists of COVID-19-positive houses for authorised officers from Victoria Police and Department of Health and Human Services officers to visit.” 

ADF members have been working with authorised officers tasked with door knocking and addressing their needs. 

“We have been assisting to ensure they have all the items they need when isolating,” Trooper Sheriff said. 

“A highlight from this deployment is the positive community engagement we have been receiving.”  

As much as Trooper Sheriff loves his home state of Victoria, he said he was looking forward to getting back to Queensland.

“I’m looking forward to going back to the warm weather,” he said.