NSW Premier calls for businesses to ‘re-tool’, make medical supplies


The Premier and Minister for Jobs Sydney Stuart Ayres have launched an online portal for companies to offer to build parts or supply eight urgently needed items during the COVID-19 crisis, available through the state government’s website.

Ms Berejiklian issued a direct appeal to businesses to reorient their operations, as supplies from overseas had dried up.

“NSW relied on many different sources of equipment, including many from overseas, which no longer exist or have been massively disrupted,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Today I’m calling on the great people of our state, those great business people, those manufacturers who are able to re-tool, to consider re-tooling, to help supply the additional things we need in coming months.”

The state is asking businesses to pivot towards making hand sanitiser, handwash soap, gloves, cleaning products, protective clothing, masks, eyewear and paper products.

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Earlier this week, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt relaxed the rules around hand sanitiser production. It can now be sold without TGA approval provided it is made according to the World Health Organisation or US Food and Drug Administration recipe.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the number of tests completed had helped the state.

“It is one of the things that has allowed us to make sure that we contain the spread as much as we can and that’s critical,” Ms Berejiklian said.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said police were yet to issue any fines for breaches of the new health orders requiring people to stay at home unless they have a reasonable need to leave the house.