Defence goes online to train for Operation COVID-19 Assist

By Amy Sarcevic
Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Defence goes online to train for Operation COVID-19 Assist

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is upping its use of technology during COVID-19, having just implemented an online training tool to support its personnel who may be involved in the crisis response.

So far more than 52,000 personnel have enrolled in the courses, which cover general COVID-19 awareness and a range of skills that may be required to support authorities during the pandemic.

The Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, said this new tool was necessary given the diversity and nature of tasks his colleagues have been performing throughout the crisis, as part of the COVID-19 Assist Operation.

These tasks range from supporting quarantine compliance measures to assisting frontline health workers.

“Over the course of Operation COVID-19 Assist, many ADF members will find themselves performing tasks outside their normal duties,” General Campbell said.

“With these online training courses, ADF personnel will have the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to assist in whatever tasks they may be called upon to support.”

Given the success of the technology to date, the online package will also be shared with Australia’s international military partners.

“The ADF has a proud history of supporting our international partners in times of need,” General Campbell said.

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