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.
Queensland's chief health officer admits death threats and online trolling have taken "an enormous toll" on her but she will maintain strict quarantine measures to protect the state from COVID-19.
The Victorian government has unveiled a multi-million dollar package to transform footpaths and streets into open-air dining areas after lockdown.
A Chinese military company has amassed the personal details of more than 35,000 Australians as part of a giant global database targeting influential figures.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is prepared lose the election to maintain hard borders and keep COVID-19 out of her state.