Helping the community

Defence may provide support to local and international civil communities when requested by the Government in times of crisis.

Local support

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

Defence provides this assistance 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. The Air Force and Defence may also provide logistics and medical support when requested, such as Aeromedical Evacuation.

Air Force is incredibly proud of the local and international support provided as part of a Defence response.