LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Australians will soon be able to freely travel overseas and fully vaccinated people allowed to quarantine in homes for a week.
* Tough border measures preventing people from leaving Australia without approval will be scrapped when 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage for people aged 16 and over is reached.
* Fully immunised Australians will be allowed to quarantine in homes for a week provided they have received approved vaccines.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the time had come to give Australians back their lives.
* A million Victorians have two weeks to get their first COVID-19 vaccination to keep working on site, as the state's construction industry prepares to reopen with strict safeguards.
* Premier Daniel Andrews announced a vaccination mandate for all authorised workers in Melbourne and regional Victoria, meaning they must have a first dose by October 15 to continue working on site.
* The state government also unveiled its plan to restart the construction industry after a two-week shutdown in Melbourne and other locked-down regions.
* Victoria recorded 1143 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Friday, taking the death toll from the current outbreak to 44.
* NSW has reported 864 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths.
* Ten of the 15 people who died were not fully vaccinated. The deaths take the toll for the current NSW outbreak to 352.
* Canberra's coronavirus death toll has risen to six following two aged care deaths amid a daily high of 52 new infections.
* Queensland has two new locally acquired COVID-19 cases amid five separate outbreaks one day after imposing stage-two restrictions on six local government areas in the southeast and Townsville.
* Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said he "couldn't care less" about threats of legal action by Flight Centre against states that lag with reopening their borders.
* A ninth truck driver has tested positive for COVID-19 after entering South Australia, the second in as many days.
* The NRL grand final captains and coaches have declared they'll do as they're told as the prospect of a postponed decider remains an option ahead of Sunday's decider in Brisbane.
* Netball NSW will have to pay almost $50,000 after its Super Netball teams, the NSW Swifts and Giants, didn't follow COVID-19 reporting protocols.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 28,091,630 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Thursday, including 341,129 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 16,231,763 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 225,733 in the previous 24 hours).
* 11,859,867 have been administered by the states and territories, including 115,396 in the previous 24 hours.
* Nationwide, 78.5 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one vaccine dose while 55.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 2062 local cases on Friday: 1143 in Victoria, 864 in NSW, 52 in the ACT, two in Queensland, and one in SA.
* Three overseas-acquired cases were also reported: two in NSW, and one in Queensland.
* The national death toll is 1309: Victoria 864, NSW 408, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, ACT 6, and SA 4. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Cases: at least 233,762,000
* Deaths: at least 4,783,000
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 6,234,424,000.
Data current as at 1800 AEST on October 1, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.