Workers who test positive to COVID-19 via rapid antigen tests will soon be eligible to access federal pandemic leave disaster payments.
One in four Australians are weak swimmers or can't swim at all as the nation records an increase in drowning deaths, new research has revealed.
Multiple jurisdictions have reintroduced pandemic restrictions, as experts warn it could still be several weeks until the peak of the Omicron wave.
Positive rapid COVID-19 tests will be counted as "probable" cases in Victoria and anyone who returns one will have to isolate for seven days and notify contacts.
Police are investigating a crash that killed a woman who was walking with a suitcase along a rural highway in southern Tasmania.
Tasmania will shift to rapid antigen tests as the primary tool for diagnosing coronavirus, following a recent national cabinet decision to alter testing requirements.
Mercedes-Benz says it is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars due to a technical fault.
The national cabinet has agreed to multiple changes to COVID-19 testing requirements to help alleviate pressure on stretched health systems around the country.
NSW will roll out Pfizer-produced COVID-19 vaccinations for children between five and 11 years from next week.
Tasmania has surpassed 3000 active COVID-19 cases three weeks after reopening as coronavirus-free, with health authorities saying the actual figure could be double.