* March 27 – National cabinet decides that returned foreign travelers must be quarantined for 14 days. The Australia Defense Force is preparing 100 personnel in every major state (and 50 in smaller states and territories) to “support anticipated quarantine control requests.” NSW and Queensland accept the support, Victoria decides to hire private guards instead.
* March 28 – Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp reiterates there is no need to have ADF ‘boots on the ground’. Victoria’s hotel quarantine program, called Operation Soteria, starts transporting travelers from 11:59 PM.
* March 31 – ADF Situation Report states ‘we see minimal requests for ADF support’ in Victoria. Troops remain on standby.
* April 2 – ADF provides five members of staff to carry out quarantine control. Instead, they are used for administrator roles.
* April 8 – Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Philip Gaetjens’s Department emails Victoria’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Chris Eccles to resubmit ADF assistance.
April 17 – ADF Situation Report states that Victoria’s hotel quarantine program is “nearing planned capacity of 4,000 people.” Despite this, there is currently no indication that ADF assistance will be requested any time soon. I will keep a close eye on this space ‘.
May 14 – ADF Major General Kenny visits Victoria, meets Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police and Mr Crisp. Mr. Crisp tells Major General Kelly the following words: “The situation in Victoria has improved to such an extent that it is unlikely that Victoria will need any more ADF support except planners within EMV.”
* May 25 – A Rydges on Swanston employee tests positive for COVID-19.
* May 27 – Rydges outbreak at Swanston first identified by the Department of Health and Human Services.
* June 17 – Stamford Plaza outbreak identified.
* June 24 – Mr. Crisp asks 850 ADF personnel to replace private security in quarantine hotels.
* June 25 – Request withdrawn as Community Ministry of Justice and Security takes over the program.
* June 30 – Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announces an investigation into Victoria’s hotel quarantine program after genomic sequencing has revealed that a number of coronavirus cases can be linked to “hotel quarantine staff violating known and well-understood infection control protocols.” Flights diverted to other cities.
* July 4, July 6, July 11 – As the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria escalates, Prime Minister Scott Morrison writes three times to Mr Andrews to provide ADF support.
* July 13 – Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, admits that all current cases in Victoria can be traced back to outbreaks in the hotels.
August 11 – Mr Andrews tells a parliamentary inquiry that ADF support was not offered for hotel quarantine, sparking a dispute with Federal Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds.
Source: Material provided by the federal government to the quarantine investigation of Victoria’s hotel.