Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20 is the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) support to the national Bushfire emergency.
The ADF established three Joint Task Forces under Operation Bushfire Assist to facilitate ADF support to emergency services in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
The ADF is working alongside government agencies to coordinate and ensure Defence assets are deployed to communities where they are needed.
The ADF is providing air and ground transport, route clearance, logistics, engineering, aviation support and accommodation support to the firefighting and recovery effort. I
nternational partners have also contributed to the response effort with personnel from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan operating alongside their Australia counterparts to assist during this emergency.
About 6500 ADF personnel are deployed on Operation Bushfire Assist with approximately 3000 personnel being ADF Reserves.
Australian Department of Defence
February 3, 2020