The empty yacht of an experienced sailor who is missing in Bass Strait has been towed to shallow waters for examination by police.
Victoria will start 2021 by closing its border with NSW as it battles a fresh coronavirus outbreak.
South Australia will impose a hard border closure with NSW in response to the spread of COVID-19 cases in Sydney, with officials also keeping their "fingers and toes crossed" in relation to Victoria as cases emerge in Melbourne.
Britain has become the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, hoping rapid action will help it stem a surge of infections driven by a highly contagious variant of the virus.
New Year's Eve restrictions across greater Sydney have been tightened after NSW reported 18 cases of community transmission of coronavirus and a second cluster in the city's inner west.
NSW is not out of the woods in its suppression of a COVID-19 outbreak, Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns, with three new cases diagnosed without immediate links to the northern beaches cluster.
A US judge has denied bail to Ghislaine Maxwell, citing the risk the British socialite could try to flee from charges she assisted in the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking of girls.
A lockdown in Sydney's northern beaches will be extended into the new year after a COVID-19 cluster associated with the area grew to 126.
NSW has cancelled plans to thank front line coronavirus workers by giving them a bird's eye view of Sydney's famous New Year's Eve fireworks.
Scammers are set to take advantage of Australian fears of coronavirus and public efforts to contain the disease in the coming year.