The Australian Defence Force has joined the NSW Police Force to assist in quarantine compliance at selected NSW ports, including Port of Newcastle.
As part of arrangements with Australian Border Force relating to the management of shipping in NSW, the Marine Area Command has coordinated the deployment of police to the ports of Newcastle, Port Kembla, Port Botany and White Bay.
To assist with deployments, ADF personnel will be stationed at selected ports to monitor compliance under the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020.
NSW Police Force officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command and Lake Illawarra and Wollongong Police Districts, supported by ADF personnel commenced deployments at Port Botany and Port Kembla yesterday (Tuesday 7 April 2020).
Deployments to other ports, including Newcastle and Eden, are expected to roll out later this week.
The ADF personnel are in supporting roles and are not authorised as law enforcement officers.
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