The Australian Government initiated a compulsory Call-Out of Australian Defence Force Reservists with around 3,000 Reservists currently supporting the bushfire crisis.
ADF personnel have been working with state and territory authorities since September 2019 in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis and this support will continue for as long as needed.
The bushfire crisis remains the ADF’s primary focus. Over 6,000 full time and reserve personnel are providing support in the field, at sea, in the air, and from Defence bases across fire affected regions in support of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST.
A Two-Star Emergency ADF National Support Coordinator Major General Justin ‘Jake’ Ellwood, DSC has been appointed to work with state and territory authorities to manage the response.
ADF personnel are attached to three Joint Task Forces:
- Victoria - JTF 646 is based on Army’s 4th Brigade, with support elements from across the ADF. RAAF Base East Sale is the central hub for the Defence response in southern areas.
- New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory - JTF 1110 is based on Army’s 5th Brigade, with support elements from across the ADF. Holsworthy Barracks is the central hub for the Defence response across NSW and the ACT.
- South Australia and Tasmania - JTF 1111 is based on Army’s 9th Brigade, with support elements from across the ADF. Keswick Barracks is the central hub for the Defence response across South Australia and Tasmania.
ADF personnel are providing a wide range of support across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia including transport, logistics, air support and medical capabilities.
For more information visit Department of Defence website.