Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hopes Tuesday's federal budget will help Australians back into work after the economy suffered its biggest shock in 100 years from the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the Morrison government has provided record support to help cushion the blow from the crisis when it first struck..
"In this budget, we move to the next phase of the economic recovery plan, and it's all about creating jobs," Mr Frydenberg told ABC television on Sunday.
His message came as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was urging the state's public sector workers to return to offices over coming weeks, in a move considered to be a significant step in the virus recovery.
"The health and safety of the people of NSW has always been our number one priority, however we are also focused on firing up the economy," she said
NSW reported two new coronavirus cases among overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, but clocked up its ninth consecutive day without any community transmission of the virus.
However, this record could be at risk after almost 50 people shared a flight to Sydney with an infected Victorian traveller.
The potentially infectious passenger travelled on Jetstar JQ510, which left Melbourne at 11am last Sunday and tested positive on their second day in quarantine.
Meanwhile, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has pleaded for people to "stay the course" after large groups at beaches and parks flouted virus restrictions in recent days after weeks of lockdown in parts of the state..
"We are so, so close. Let's not any of us do anything that might undermine the very positive numbers," he told reporters.
He warned people that if they "try to shortcut this thing, then we will be back where we were weeks and months ago".
As it was, the state recorded another virus-linked death bringing Victoria's toll to 806 and the number of fatalities nationwide to 894.
There were also 12 new infections, bringing the state's 14-day rolling average of daily case diagnoses to 11.9 in Melbourne and 0.2 in regional Victoria.
If Victoria hits a rolling 14-day average below five and a two-week total of below five mystery cases it will move to the third step of reopening by October 19.
But looking overseas, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the fact US President Donald Trump has attracted COVID-19 shows no one is immune.
Mr Trump and his wife, along with some of his key aides, all became infected last week, with the president now in hospital.
"This is a dangerous virus, no question," Senator Cormann told Sky News' Sunday Agenda program.
"It does show there is nobody that is beyond the reach of this virus."