The NSW Government is urging local manufacturers to help save lives and jobs by converting their production lines to create desperately needed products.

Items in short supply include hand sanitiser, handwash soap, gloves, cleaning products, protective clothing, masks, eyewear and paper products.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the announcement as ‘a call to arms for NSW manufacturers to look at ways to convert production lines into making the items we so desperately need’.

Businesses are encouraged to offer their services through a portal on the NSW Government website, which will connect them with government agencies and eligible buyers.

Businesses around Australia are already finding great success in diversifying to include COVID-19-affected products.

Many alcohol producers in NSW have pivoted to create hand sanitiser gels. This has bolstered supply of the product nationally, while also allowing breweries and distilleries to keep staff on their payrolls.

Other businesses have switched to making face masks and other hygiene products.

With supply of personal protective equipment and disinfectant set to be constrained for at least 12 months, there is plenty of opportunity for more businesses to join them.

Business owners should register their interest through the portal at tenders.nsw.gov.au