Businesses from across NSW have answered the Government’s call for locals to fill the medical supply chain, helping stabilise stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) urgently needed in the fight against COVID-19.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said orders of PPE had commenced through the NSW Government’s Emergency Supplies portal, established to procure critical items including face masks and shields, hand sanitiser, disinfectants, gloves, surgical gowns and paper products.
“We’ve received an overwhelming response to our call for assistance to meet demand for these key protective products which prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Mr Elliott said.
“Less than a month ago we faced a global shortage of PPE products, and the Premier and I issued our call for businesses to step up and help meet this urgent challenge,” Mr Elliott said.
To ensure businesses also have access to these critical products, the NSW Government is helping industry connect with these suppliers through the launch of a new, public COVID-19 Emergency Supplies Portal.
Businesses are encouraged to use this Portal to identify suppliers that can service industry needs across a range of PPE products through business-to-business transactions.
The NSW Government will now also move towards establishing domestic supply chains and supporting local manufacturers capable of reducing our reliance on imports.
Local governments and industry can access local PPE suppliers by visiting https://buy.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/covid-19-emergency-supplies-portal and businesses can still register their interest to supply at nsw.gov.au.