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About the Critical Supply Reserve

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The Queensland Government is establishing a statewide reserve with up to 12 months of stock to safeguard critical supplies and protect against supply chain disruption.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges and disruptions to healthcare and other supply chains.

The experience has shown the importance of being well-prepared to respond to large-scale disasters and crises.

Having local supply and manufacturing options for essential products was also a critical learning.

Through the Critical Supply Reserve, the Queensland Government will improve the availability and distribution of critical supplies and make Queensland’s systems more resilient.

The Reserve will secure the critical supplies and equipment frontline workers need to protect themselves and care for the community.

It will also protect supply arrangements from being significantly disrupted during a public health emergency or other event.

Supporting a sustainable manufacturing industry is key to the Reserve strategy.

Queensland Health is working in partnership with the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI) and the Department of Regional Development and Manufacturing (DRDM) to support long-term sustainable, local manufacturing of a range of essential items.

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Critical supplies

The Reserve will hold critical supplies that are vital to delivering frontline services:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Intensive care equipment
  • Intensive care consumables
  • Specialised drugs and pharmaceuticals
  • Sanitisers and cleaning products
  • Medical gases, and
  • Critical pathology supplies.
Last updated: 30 September 2020