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), issued a Call Out Order: Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020.
This order (on 4 January 2020) meant that certain Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserve personnel, as directed by the Chief of Defence Force, were required to report to their ADF unit to undertake continuous full-time service. Defence ensured 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), were exempt from the call out.
On subsequent advice from the Government, the Governor-General (on 26 January 2020) revoked the compulsory call out of the ADF Reserves. This will take effect on 7 February 2020.
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