Hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel brought in to help Victoria defeat COVID-19 are spending days on end stuck inside a flash Melbourne hotel - amid claims they are not being properly used.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal more than 200 members of the Australian military are holed-up at the Sofitel hotel at the top end of Collins Street - in an area of Melbourne's CBD formerly known as the 'Paris end'.
The ADF was brought in to help with testing, checkpoint control, isolation, compliance, logistics, data and contact tracing.
But there is growing frustration in ADF ranks that they have not been given enough to do and are simply being kept in lockdown 23-hours a day alongside millions of other Victorians.
An off-duty Navy seaman is seen milling about outside the Sofitel hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday
An ADF member walks past shops outside the Sofitel hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday
The Sofitel sits at the 'Paris end' of Melbourne on Collins Street. It has become a prison for ADF personnel
It is understood about 1470 ADF personnel remain in Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews continues to be slammed for failing to utilise the ADF as security for his bungled hotel quarantine program, and this week came under fire from the prime minister for shortcomings with the state's contact tracing.
While Australian Army soldiers were seen patrolling the streets of Melbourne as Victoria's second wave took hold last month, on Wednesday they were nowhere to be seen.
The soldiers had been deployed to Melbourne's plagued COVID quarantine hotels in mid-July, but by then the damage had already been done and the virus was loose.
On Wednesday, Navy personnel were seen milling about the Sofitel hotel having a cigarette before having to return to isolation.
The burly men refused to speak to Daily Mail Australia when approached.
But other military personnel have told Daily Mail Australia some stationed at the hotel have gone as long as 10 days without performing a single shift.
Others have suggested the work rate is along the lines of one day on, four days off.
A newsagent working at the deserted shopping complex at the bottom of the Sofitel told Daily Mail Australia his ADF business traffic had all but disintegrated.
'They're not allowed out anymore,' he said. 'I hardly seen them.'
An ADF member appears to conduct a meeting at the Sofitel hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Soldiers were seen on the streets of Melbourne early last month. They have been replaced by NAVY in recent weeks
Treasury Gardens on Spring Street offers some respite for cooped up ADF personnel in Melbourne
A person exercises in the gardens across the road from the Sofitel hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday
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