The WA Government has launched another initiative encouraging industry to be part of Western Australia’s COVID-19 recovery by releasing a Problem and Opportunity Statement to secure manufacturing of healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE).
Problem and Opportunity Statements are part of the Market-led Proposals program which harnesses ideas from the private sector to help stimulate the economy and create jobs for Western Australians.
With healthcare PPE supplies at the forefront of WA’s ongoing preparation for any potential increase in COVID-19 cases, the WA Government is encouraging innovative solutions for healthcare manufacturers to establish a long-term, local manufacturing presence in Western Australia.
As part of this, the State Government is seeking to guarantee first access to locally manufactured PPE to meet potential surges in demand.
Targeted items include:
- Reusable facemasks;
- Anti-fog face shields;
- Examination and surgical gloves;
- Isolation and surgical gowns;
- N95 and surgical masks;
- Safety glasses; and
- Swabs and collection tubes.
The Problem and Opportunity Statement initiative is one of the key ways in which the WA Government is working to bring more local manufacturing back to Western Australia, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
The WA Recovery Plan included a $92.4 million package of local manufacturing initiatives to create a pipeline of WA jobs that will help Western Australia to become more self-sufficient and rebound from COVID-19 stronger than ever.
Already the WA Government has announced a $3.5 million investment in Local Capability Fund rounds to boost local manufacture of personal protective equipment for Australia’s COVID response.
This Problem and Opportunity Statement follows the recent $10 million package to boost Western Australian businesses impacted by COVID-19 and increase the supply of locally made PPE.
Source: WA Government