$5 million grants scheme to locally manufacture critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and create jobs to meet the long-haul challenge of COVID 19.

The new grants will be awarded to manufacturers who can demonstrate their ability to ramp up or repurpose manufacturing of items including masks, gowns, disinfectant, hand-wash and soap or their components, reducing our dependence on imports and providing a secure source for Australia’s future needs.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro today launched the program to support domestic manufacturing of PPE in NSW by providing grants to local companies to help fund equipment, raw materials and recruitment of skilled staff.

“In NSW and across Australia we should never have insufficient access to PPE and this funding will go towards maintaining the critical supply of equipment to our frontline health workers and communities.

“In April and May, nearly 2,000 companies from across NSW answered our call to register their ability to supply PPE through the Government’s Emergency Supplies Portal, including 235 in regional NSW.”

Local manufacturers and suppliers who registered to provide PPE have also been listed on the Buy NSW website.

“We have seen some great success stories such as Snowy Mountains Tech Store, a manufacturer of 3D printed parts, which pivoted to make face shields and masks,” Mr Barilaro said.

“As domestic capacity increases, we encourage NSW businesses to buy local and support our manufacturing sector.

For more information visit: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/support-for-business/assistance-and-support/ppe-manufacturing-grants