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- 30th Prime Minister of Australia
Australia is welcoming the new year more cautiously with historically low crowd numbers at fireworks and events.
But after a tumultuous 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australians have much to be thankful for.
"Despite the pandemic, despite the floods, the fires, continuing drought in some areas, the cyclones, the lockdowns, even mice plagues, Australia is stronger today than we were a year ago. And we're safer," he said in a new year's message.
On the last day of 2021 the nation recorded almost 33,000 new COVID-19 cases for the latest 24-hour reporting period.
"We have one of the lowest death rates and the highest vaccination rates from COVID anywhere in the world," Mr Morrison said.
"And we have one of the strongest advanced economies in the world to come through COVID - there's more people in work, more apprentices in training, a secure credit rating and businesses investing in their future with confidence."
Although thousands flocked to vantage points beside Sydney Harbour to watch the city's internationally renowned fireworks, only 17,000 tickets went on sale.
More than a million revellers have visited the city for the displays in previous years.
Masks were encouraged and unvaccinated people were asked to stay home.
But this year's displays haven't lacked scale, with six tonnes of fireworks launched across two displays at 9pm and midnight.
Melbourne sweltered through its end-of-year celebrations with the mercury peaking at 37.3C at 6pm before dropping to the mid-20s for its 9.30pm fireworks.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said earlier it was undeniable celebrations had taken a hit from the pandemic, but assured those with tickets to event zones, open to the double-vaccinated only, there was still plenty to enjoy.
Many of the CBD's streets are closed for outdoor dining, before glitter balls, DJs, dancing and a midnight firework show.
Adelaide also sweated into the New Year with temperatures in parts of the city reaching 40C in the afternoon, as the city's plans were scaled back due to COVID.
Fireworks are not being held at Elder Park as in previous years, with displays instead planned for 5000 people at Rymill Park and more to be launched in North Adelaide.
Brisbane's South Bank is seeing the return of its fireworks after they were cancelled last year, with no crowd limits or tickets required.
In Perth, where just one new COVID-19 case was recorded on Friday, nightclubs have been closed and festivals cancelled due to health restrictions.
But fireworks are set to go ahead in the city, including a 9pm sky show and midnight display.
The Northern Territory is bringing in the new year with music on Darwin Waterfront featuring Amy Shark, The Veronicas and Conrad Sewell.
Hobart is hosting two displays over the middle of the River Derwent.