Australians trapped overseas will have to wait until at least mid-next month for arrival caps to be lifted as more entry restrictions come into force.
Scott Morrison has come under fire for mounting an unusual argument about why January 26 is a tough date for some people.
Joe Biden has been sworn in as president of the United States, offering a message of unity and restoration to a deeply divided country reeling from a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.
NSW has recorded its fourth consecutive day without a new locally-acquired COVID-19 case, but health authorities still want an uptick in testing numbers before social restrictions are eased.
US President Donald Trump granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued in his final hours in office, but did not pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Listeria has been found in ham produced in South Australia, prompting a warning to consumers.
Construction workers are in hot demand as home building blooms, helped by low interest rates and government stimulus programs.
Parts of NSW are in for a sweltering weekend ahead of Australia Day, with temperatures expected to reach 15 degrees above average in some places.
Workers looking for job security in 2021 should consider Australia's "largest and fastest growing" industry, broadly known as the care economy.
A critically endangered migratory parrot is breeding in Tasmania in record numbers, giving biologists renewed hope for the species' survival.