Statement from the Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner

12 August 2020

Statement from the Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner regarding ADF Assistance for Hotel Quarantine

I can confirm that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) were involved in the initial planning of the hotel quarantine program. Representatives of the ADF participated in the Operation Soteria planning and coordination meetings on 27 and 28 March 2020. During these discussions I did not seek nor did representatives of the ADF offer assistance as part of the hotel quarantine program.

Subsequent communications with the ADF on the 12th and 15th of April did not relate to ADF assistance as part of the program.

As the Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner I am enormously grateful for all of the assistance our colleagues in the Australian Defence Force have provided as we have responded together to the coronavirus pandemic.