A chartered Qantas flight departed Sydney carrying supplies to meet the needs identified by the Government of India including 1056 ventilators and 43 oxygen concentrators.
This will allow Indian frontline workers to provide lifesaving medical interventions.
These Australian donated supplies will be distributed by the Indian Red Cross and local authorities to ensure support reaches those in greatest need.
The Australian Government is working closely with state and territory governments and the private sector on the urgent deployment of further emergency supplies to India.
“India has shown great leadership and generosity to the world in exporting vaccines globally. It is time for the world to repay that generosity and Australia as a close friend of the Indian people is playing its part,” Minister Payne said in a press release on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Australia’s High Commission and Consulates in India continue to provide consular assistance to Australians in need.
"At the same time we are working on plans to resume travel from India to support Australians to get home," Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said.