The NSW premier has flagged a potential relaxation of tough social distancing restrictions as new COVID-19 infections continue to stabilise.
Australia's death toll from the coronavirus has hit 50 as political leaders warn now is not the time to ease the measures that are preventing much higher fatality rates.
Queensland domestic violence shelters hit by a sudden surge in demand amid the coronavirus crisis are getting $5.5 million in increased funding to help them cope.
Wage subsidies designed to save six million jobs will be approved by federal parliament as a reduced number of politicians meet in Canberra.
LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:--NUMBERS* Confirmed cases in Australia: all most 6,000 (5,986)* Australian deaths: 50 (21 in NSW, 12 in Vic, four in Qld, six in WA, three in Tas, two in ACT, two in SA).
President Donald Trump says he will put a hold on US funding to the World Health Organisation, saying "they missed the call" on the coronavirus pandemic.
British prime minister Boris Johnson was stable overnight in intensive care after suffering a deterioration of his COVID-19 symptoms and he remains in good spirits.
Cardinal George Pell has won his appeal bid to the High Court and been freed from prison.
All cruise ships anchored in Queensland waters will leave by Wednesday as the state continues to crack down on movements to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In Vanuatu, homes have been destroyed and livelihoods ruined by Tropical Cyclone Harold, which passed through the country's northern islands as a category-five system bringing devastation.