* Victoria recorded 35 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths as stage four restrictions began to ease across Melbourne.
* The city took its first tentative steps out of lockdown on Monday, with those living alone or single parents allowed to have one other visitor as part of a "social bubble". Outdoor exercise is now two hours per day and the curfew will start an hour later at 9pm.
* The Victorian government has unveiled a multi-million dollar package to transform footpaths and streets into open-air dining areas after lockdown. It follows a $3 billion suite of business cash grants, payroll tax deferrals and fee waivers announced on Sunday.
* Hospitality in regional Victoria, which moved into eased restrictions on Monday, is expected to reopen as early as this week. Under the state government's roadmap, Melbourne's bars, cafes and restaurants can open for outdoor dining from October 26.
* Queensland's chief health officer has confirmed her home is being guarded by police after she fell victim to death threats and online trolling over her advice that strict quarantine measures remain in place for interstate travellers.
* NSW has recorded just one new locally acquired COVID-19 case, but health authorities are warning there's no room for complacency amid lower testing rates and with school holidays due soon.
* Premier Steven Marshall says South Australia will scrap its COVID-19 border restrictions with NSW and the ACT as soon as it is safe to do so, with speculation growing that the 14-day quarantine requirements could be dropped as early as Tuesday.
* Meanwhile, a man has been jailed for eight months in Western Australia after he twice breached COVID-19 quarantine laws and drove with a suspended licence.
* States are under pressure to boost the capacity of their hotel quarantine schemes to allow more people to return, as more than 25,000 Australians face the prospect of being stuck overseas for Christmas.
* Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will get a better idea of the jobs challenge he faces as he puts his delayed budget together when labour force figures are released this week.
* August 2 to September 13 - stage four lockdown for Melbourne and stage three lockdown for regional Victoria.
* September 14 to September 27 - stage four lockdown for Melbourne with some changes, including curfew moving back an hour to 9pm.
* From September 28 - if average daily cases are 30-50 in metro Melbourne over the previous 14 days the city will move to the 'second step', including increased limits for public gatherings and a staged return to school for some students.
* October 26 - Tasmania's state of emergency due to expire. In Melbourne, the overnight curfew will be dropped if over the previous fortnight the average number of new cases falls below five and there are fewer than five cases from an unknown source.
* November - Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry report due.
* From November 23 - If there are no new cases for 14 days in Melbourne the city will move to the 'last step'. That includes all retail shops opening, public gatherings of up to 50 people allowed outdoors, and up to 20 visitors at a time allowed into a home.
* December 1 - Tasmania's borders will remain shut until at least the last month of 2020.
* The next NBL season start date has been pushed back further to the middle of January amid concerns over the cost of playing in front of empty stands.
* The Victorian government is aiming to not only host the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open, but for crowds to attend both sporting events.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 39 new cases in Australia - 35 in Victoria and four in NSW.
* The national death toll is 816: Victoria 729, NSW 54, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, 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 29,189,000
* Deaths: at least 928,000
* Recovered: at least 21,031,000
Data current as of 1800 AEST September 14, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.