Three people have been arrested and dozens fined after small numbers of protesters held anti-vaccination rallies in Melbourne.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been fined $400 for breaching coronavirus restrictions after he failed to wear a mask as he arrived at parliament on two occasions this week.
NSW is trailblazing a path out of COVID-19 lockdowns but its premier accepts the course will be less than perfect just days out from reopening.
Australians with severely weakened immune systems will be offered a third coronavirus jab to maximise protection against the deadly disease.
Coronavirus-free states have received a federal rocket about preparing hospitals for surging cases in the latest escalation of a health funding fight.
NSW has reached the 70 per cent double-dose COVID-19 vaccination milestone that will trigger the easing of some restrictions on Monday, after 15 weeks of lockdown.
The Queensland premier will not "necessarily" open the state borders once 80 per cent of eligible people are vaccinated, saying hospitals need to be ready for a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Facebook Inc has blamed a "faulty configuration change" for a nearly six-hour outage that prevented the company's 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
Dominic Perrottet has been sworn in as the 46th premier of NSW, vowing to make no major policy or personnel changes in the coming months as the state emerges from COVID-19 lockdown.