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Fact Check Fact File: How is the Australian Defence Force assisting states during COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemics Australian Defence Force Disease management Infectious diseases Quarantine Australia

As Victoria grapples with surging COVID-19 cases, sparked essentially by breaches linked to hotel quarantine, divisions have emerged between the Federal and Victorian governments over whether the Australian Defence Force offered assistance to help secure quarantine hotels in Victoria.

Victoria has been criticised for being too slow off the mark in drawing on ADF personnel, with some observers blaming the use of private contractors to manage the hotel quarantine scheme for allowing COVID-19 to spread back into the community.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he did not believe ADF support had been offered to help run Victoria's hotel quarantining. While Defence Minister Linda Reynolds claimed the Prime Minister had made an offer to all states.

So, what exactly is the extent of the ADF's involvement in supporting the states and territories as they seek to contain the spread of the coronavirus? How many ADF personnel have been assigned in each jurisdiction, and in what capacity? This is state-by-state breakdown as at August 11, 2020.

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