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Our department’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We’re working hard to support government, industry and the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our taskforces are working to:

  • source and facilitate Personal protective equipment (PPE), critical medical supplies and ventilators 
  • support transport and distribution across many industries
  • support the energy and resource sectors

Sourcing medical supplies 

We’re working closely with Australian industry and the Department of Health to source and facilitate PPE, critical medical supplies and ventilators for the National medical stockpile. 

Supporting local manufacturing and supply chains 

We’re working closely with Australian industry to continue ramping up local manufacturing and supply of critical products. See some of the latest developments: 

We’re backing Australian manufacturers to modernise how they do business. 200 projects will gain support from the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund to create an expected 2,600 new jobs at this critical time. See funding for manufacturers to modernise and reskill on the website

Building business response capability 

We’re monitoring stocks and demand, and reporting back to business on trends so they can make decisions quickly.  

The Australian Information Industry Association has developed a website  to support Australian businesses working remotely. 

See how businesses are pivoting in their response to COVID-19: 

See for business support

Ensuring quality medical PPE and equipment

The National Measurement Institute is:

  • working to quickly establish a mask testing capability to meet relevant documentary standards
  • helping to ensure that PPE, instruments and tests used by laboratories and frontline clinical staff have appropriate quality controls
  • supporting manufacturers to re-tool for urgently needed products

See our COVID-19 measurement services.

Expert scientific advice, science funding and online learning

Australia’s Chief Scientist is leading a team of experts from across Australia and New Zealand to provide rapid answers to pressing COVID-19 questions. Ministers and key decision makers can put questions to the Rapid research information forum. Some questions already answered include:

CSIRO’s been given $220 million to upgrade its Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness high containment biosecurity research facility. This will ensure scientists can continue identifying, preventing and responding to the increasing threat of diseases, including those spreading from animals to humans.

Questacon, Australia’s science and technology centre in Canberra is moving science learning programs online while the physical centre is closed.

Reliable and secure energy supplies 

We’re working to ensure reliable and secure energy supply for all Australians through and beyond the pandemic. This includes electricity, gas and liquid fuel like petrol, diesel and jet fuel. 


Ministerial media releases 

All four portfolio Cabinet Ministers have issued media releases in response to COVID-19. 

Minister Andrews

Minister Taylor

Minister Pitt

Minister Cash

For ministerial media releases visit the Ministers for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website

Contact us

Email to offer your assistance, or to ask about our department’s COVID-19 response. We’ve received a high volume of offers of assistance. We’ll reply as quickly as possible, and thank you for your patience and understanding if there are delays.

If you are a business offering assistance, please include:

  • your ABN or ACN
  • the primary products or services you may be able to provide
  • relevant certifications for any medical-grade products
  • details of your production capacity and delivery timing

Last updated: 6 May 2020

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