Our department’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
See Australia.gov.au for whole of Australian Government COVID-19 advice.
News about how our department’s responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can read about our department’s COVID-19 response.
Go to Australia.gov.au for the latest whole-of-government COVID-19 advice.
Read COVID-19 ministerial media releases on the minister.industry.gov.au website.
22 December 2020
Identifying COVID-19 infections has become more reliable with the release this week of the National Measurement Institute (NMI)’s new reference standard for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
30 October 2020
COVID-19 has increased the demand for personal protective equipment. We have developed a buyers guide to help you make decisions when buying personal protective equipment.
1 October 2020
Our department worked with industry to analyse the market for hand sanitiser. Read about the supply chain constraints, regulatory issues and consumer behaviours.
7 September 2020
Australians will have free access to two locally made products should trials prove successful.
26 August 2020
The Office of Northern Australia has pivoted efforts to relief and recovery to help support and develop the north.
13 August 2020
Rule change means certain retailers can temporarily defer 40 per cent or more of costs, passing on savings to consumers.
Urgently seeking Australian businesses who could pivot to produce life-saving medicines in the fight against COVID-19.
12 August 2020
Manufacturers will use the mask testing centre to ensure personal protective equipment meets strict Australian standards.
6 August 2020
The National Measurement Institute helps Australians stay safe by testing that hand sanitiser is effective against COVID-19, informing investigations into sub-standard products.
Australian Government joins forces with a consortium of local manufacturers and engineers to rapidly produce life-saving machines for the National Medical Stockpile
16 June 2020
COVID-19 created surge in demand for hand sanitiser. The government responded by making important changes and actions to support the industry.
19 May 2020
The COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register connects manufacturers, suppliers and customers via a self-managed online asset.
30 April 2020
Australia’s National Measurement Institute’s testing and measurement services are supporting industry to effectively and rapidly respond to the challenge.
Four Australian-owned and operated manufacturers team up with global med-tech firm and use local supply chains to make emergency hospital beds in response to COVID-19.
24 April 2020
New measures will enable explorers to meet ongoing work program commitments during the pandemic.
22 April 2020
The scale of COVID-19 demands industries support the global fight. The space industry is helping us visualise the impact and stay connected.
9 April 2020
Are you an Australian manufacturer with the capability to produce probes, primers and other reagents for laboratory diagnostics? We want to hear from you.
8 April 2020
If you are an Australian manufacturer who can produce ventilators for use in Australia’s response to COVID-19, please note the new minimum technical requirements.
3 April 2020
Are you an Australian manufacturer with the capability to produce inputs for COVID-19 RNA extraction? Do you have support to scale up your production? We want to hear from you.
20 March 2020
Our department is seeking producers and suppliers capable of supplying swabs for collecting COVID‑19 samples.
18 March 2020
Our department is mapping domestic production capability of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) and seeks information from producers and suppliers.