An elderly woman has become Tasmania's first coronavirus death, as people are warned they could be arrested for disobeying national social gathering orders.
Shopkeepers in the city at the centre of the virus outbreak in China are reopening but customers have been scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months.
Businesses will be given wage subsidies of $1500 a fortnight for each worker to keep staff on during the coronavirus crisis as part of an unprecedented $130 billion package.
Queensland will enforce stricter border control measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
Queensland opposition leader Deb Frecklington's hold on the job is in doubt as the result of a crucial by-election could be days away.
Australians applying for welfare can now get support if their partner earns about $79,000, the prime minister has announced.
Potentially life-saving welfare calls will be offered to vulnerable South Australians amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Northern Territory is beefing-up its border controls, ordering all arrivals from interstate or overseas into 14-days of forced and supervised quarantine in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pinprick blood tests that detect COVID-19 in just minutes are coming to Australia within days.
Thousands of Queenslanders are offering a foster home to animals big and small as the RSPCA faces a potential lockdown of its care centres.