LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* NSW reported 1281 new locally acquired cases and five deaths, taking the toll for the current outbreak to 131.
* NSW government modelling shows cases will peak at a seven-day average of about 1500 in September and more than 550 COVID-positive patients will require an intensive care bed by early November.
* The state's 1550-bed ICU surge capacity is expected to bear the load of admissions, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.
* An Aboriginal woman in her 70s from the tiny remote NSW town of Enngonia died of COVID-19.
* COVID-19 positive patients are being kept waiting for hours in NSW ambulances as under-stress Sydney hospitals struggle to cope with demand, the Australian Paramedics Association says.
* Queensland reported zero new local cases.
* Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the risk of a lockdown caused by a small cluster south of Brisbane was decreasing as more close contacts returned negative tests.
* The ACT recorded 11 new local cases, bringing the active case count to 222.
* The ACT recommended that people receiving an AstraZeneca jab wait four or eight weeks for their second dose, down from the most effective 12-week gap, to get strong protection against severe disease earlier.
* Victoria reported 246 new local COVID-19 cases. Some 121 were linked to known outbreaks and the source of the remaining 125 infections is under investigation.
* Almost 90 per cent of the state's 1619 active cases were in people aged under 50.
* Victorian year 12 students and teachers rushed to book in Pfizer vaccines under a priority blitz, with a dedicated hotline fielding 30,000 calls on Monday morning.
* Victorian renters will be offered a one-off grant of up to $1500 if lockdowns mean they are struggling to pay rent, Housing Minister Richard Wynne says.
* Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein indicated the island state will maintain its hard border approach if necessary, but described the national cabinet plan as sensible.
* WA Premier Mark McGowan says he wants to see vaccination rates of between 80 and 90 per cent before setting a date to allow NSW, Victoria and the ACT back in, meaning borders will not reopen until 2022.
* The man in charge of Australia's vaccine rollout, Lieutenant General John Frewen, says supply issues are now sorted and he is turning his attention to hesitancy issues.
* Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says he is confident the medicines regulator will sign off on rapid home tests in coming weeks or months.
* Indigenous church and health leaders have thrashed out ways to drive down coronavirus vaccine hesitancy and counter dangerous conspiracies.
* Telstra made a proposal that about 8300 staff who regularly come into contact with customers and colleagues should be vaccinated as a condition of employment. The proposed policy will be under discussion with staff, unions and customers for one week.
* New Zealand's lockdown will end outside Auckland after cases fell, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 20,985,989 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Sunday, including 130,636 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 12,099,422 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 38,972 in the previous 24 hours).
* 8,886,567 have been administered by the states and territories, including 91,664 in the previous 24 hours.
* Nationwide, 63.2 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one vaccine dose while 38.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 1535 local cases on Sunday: 1281 in NSW, 246 in Victoria and 11 in the ACT.
* There were also 11 overseas-acquired cases reported: five in Queensland, and on each in NSW, WA, and SA.
* The national death toll is 144: Victoria 823, NSW 187, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Cases: at least 220,691,800.
* Deaths: at least 4,567,000.
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 5,450,097,000.
Data current as at 1730 AEST on September 6, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.