Operation Bushfire Assist 2019 - 2020

Operation Bushfire Assist 2019 - 2020

Australian Soldiers from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment have established a forward operation camp on the mountain near Tom Groggin, Victoria.
Operation Bushfire Assist
Australian Soldiers from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment established a forward operation camp on the mountain near Tom Groggin, Victoria.

From December 2019, the Australian Army has moved to a significantly enhanced operational footing, to assist state and territory authorities with the bushfire emergency support.

Our thoughts go out to everyone who is affected by these bushfires – directly and indirectly. Some of our own people and families have personally experienced loss, distress and disruption and our thoughts are with you.

We also acknowledge our peoples' families, and their employers, for their support and understanding during this operation.

Army’s efforts to support Operation Bushfire Assist are building on the extraordinary efforts and courage of so many volunteer firefighters and emergency services, our people have come together with the joint team from across Defence, all levels of Government and local communities, Industry partners and so many others.

The Army is providing much needed capability and capacity to support those in need. This operation is our priority and main effort.

This is Army at its best. Stepping up to help others, to contribute in unique ways, to reassure and protect. 

Army will support for as long as they are needed. 

Australian Army soldiers from 16 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery Emergency Support Force, help feed Koala Joeys at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, in support of Operation Bushfire Assist.
Australian Army soldiers from 16 Regiment help feed Koala Joeys at Cleland Wildlife Park
Australian Army soldiers from 16 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery Emergency Support Force, help feed Koala Joeys at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, in support of Operation Bushfire Assist.
Australian Army soldiers from 16 Regiment care for Koala Joeys at Cleland Wildlife Park in support of Operation Bushfire Assist
Trooper Gifford, Trooper Ng, Private Jaudzemis and Trooper Turna assisting a Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning employee with a wounded koala, ready for evacuation to the mobile RSPCA unit in Bairnsdale.
Soldiers assisting a Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning employee with a wounded koala, ready for evacuation to the mobile RSPCA unit in Bairnsdale