"Health services, pharmaceuticals and health equipment are clearly essential. As are energy generation and distribution and telecommunications. Food production, goods required for hygiene and sanitisation are critical as is waste collection and disposal. It is no less important that the industries that support the supply and distribution of essential goods and services are able to operate. This includes a range of logistics, manufacturing, maintenance and construction businesses and their supply chains.
"A clear definition of the range of industries and clear and consistent communication across the country are critical. Coordination of the approaches of the Commonwealth and the states and territories is central to both the communications task and to achieving consistency along national supply chains.
"There should also be an ability to adjust the definition of 'essential' in the light of experience and emerging circumstances," Mr Willox said.
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