Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020

At the request from the Government, in order to support national disaster relief efforts, the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has issued a call out Order: Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020.


This means that certain Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserve personnel, as directed by the Chief of Defence Force, will be required to report to their ADF unit to undertake continuous full-time service. Defence will ensure that the hundreds of Reservists around Australia who are employed by emergency response agencies or volunteer organisations, such as the State Emergency Service (SES) or Rural Fire Service (RFS) are exempt from the call out.


Your service is rendered under the call out is protected under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001, and your employer must release you from your employment under this service.


Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020 is in effect from 04 January 2020 until revoked by the Governor General.


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Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020

For the first time in Australia’s history, Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserve Brigades have received a Call-Out Order of Reservists: Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020.

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