A COVID-positive teenager with other health conditions has become the youngest person to die during Victoria's current outbreak, while police have squashed another would-be Melbourne lockdown protest.
NSW has reached its target of 80 per cent full vaccination for people aged over 16, clearing the way for a further easing of restrictions.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it will accept mixed-dose COVID-19 vaccines from international travellers, a boost to travellers from Canada and other places.
Flexible workers are happier workers it seems. New research shows they feel better rested, more engaged and have a higher sense of wellbeing than those confined to the office.
Fully vaccinated Australians and their families will be the first people to benefit when NSW scraps quarantine for international arrivals.
Hobart and southern Tasmania has been forced into a snap three-day lockdown after a coronavirus-infected NSW man entered the state illegally and escaped hotel quarantine.
Al fresco dining will be encouraged and NSW residents will be armed with more vouchers to spend at restaurants and museums, as the government tries to jump start the economy amid "devastating" jobs losses.
Legislation has passed in Queensland parliament to provide more rights to tenants ending leases, stopping evictions without grounds, and to have pets within rental properties.
Britain's Prince William has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the billionaires embroiled in a space tourism race, saying the world's greatest brains should instead be focused on solving the environmental problems facing the Earth.
Thunderstorms lashing NSW have seen hailstones larger than five centimetres fall and even a tornado warning issued.