Local support

When resources are insufficient or overwhelmed during a crisis, states and territories can seek Commonwealth assistance, including Defence assistance through Emergency Management Australia.

Army is often part of the assistance provided through Defence Assistance to the Civil Community (DACC).

International support

Defence also provides support in times of international humanitarian crises, particularly for Australia's neighbours in the South Pacific and South East Asia.

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief aid is coordinated and provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Defence can assist by transporting humanitarian aid and specialist personnel and equipment including the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) and Urban Search and Rescue (URSA) teams.

Army’s support

The Army, through DACC, has provided and will continue to provide support to communities in times of crisis and emergencies.

The support Army provides takes many forms during emergencies such as bushfire, cyclone, flood or pandemic. Army can assist with accommodation and repatriation, asset protection, general engineering, logistics, aerial survey, equipment and personnel air lift, search and rescue support, evacuations and door knocking.