Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has urged states to take more Australians returning from overseas through expanded hotel quarantine programs.
Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown pain is unlikely to ease ahead of schedule, despite the city reaching a key roadmap milestone.
The NSW government is being urged to boost the number of nurses to help tackle the elective surgery backlog after it was revealed the waitlist has blown out to more than 100,000.
Dreamworld has reopened to visitors as its parent company prepares to return to court over safety offences following the deaths of four tourists on the Thunder River Rapids Ride four years ago.
Lockdown-weary Victoria has had a double dose of good news, with no coronavirus deaths and the imminent easing of the state's regional restrictions.
South Australia will lift its COVID-19 border restrictions with the ACT from midnight on Tuesday, but quarantine measures for people from NSW will remain for the foreseeable future.
At least 145,000 jobs could be lost if pandemic-boosted welfare payments are slashed as planned.
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Premier Steven Marshall says South Australia will drop its COVID-19 border restrictions with NSW and the ACT as soon as it is safe to do so.
More than 25,000 Australians stuck overseas might not make it home for Christmas unless a cap on international arrivals is lifted.