* Victoria recorded 28 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, taking the state toll to 766 and the national figure to 854.
* Premier Daniel Andrews says Melbourne is "absolutely on track" to have its lockdown restrictions eased next Monday, despite cases rising from 11 on Monday to 28 on Tuesday.
*A Newspoll shows a majority of Victorians back Mr Andrews' handling of the state's second wave.
* Melbourne's crucial 14-day new case average dropped to 32.8, below the figure of 50 needed for authorities to consider easing some restrictions.
* South Australia will lift its border restrictions with NSW from midnight on Wednesday, removing the requirement to isolate for 14 days.
* Queensland will shift its border zone 100km further south from next weekend, throwing open the door to residents in five more NSW council areas. There were no new cases in Queensland in the 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison says lifting border restrictions means more jobs can be created and not allow coronavirus to dictate the way Australians live.
* Thousands of millionaires have been claiming the dole throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but are set to be kicked off later this week when the asset test returns.
* NSW recorded no new locally acquired infections for the time since July 8 amid the border news.
* West Australian Premier Mark McGowan maintained his increasingly isolated hard-border stance as the state recorded three new cases. All are returned travellers, with one in hospital and two in hotel quarantine.
* Deputy Reserve Bank governor Guy Debelle has indicated lower interest rates are possible in Australia without going negative, but he says the virus-spurred economic downturn could be past its worst.
* September 14 to September 27 - stage four lockdown for Melbourne with some changes, including the curfew moving back an hour to 9pm.
* September 24 - SA will allow NSW residents to enter the state without self-isolating for 14 days.
* September 27 - NSW, Queensland and WA will start taking more international arrivals.
* 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 1 - Residents of Byron Shire, Ballina, the city of Lismore, Richmond Valley including Casino and Evans Head, Glen Innes and 41 other NSW postcodes will be added to the Queensland-NSW border bubble.
* 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.
* 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.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 33 new cases in Australia - 28 in Victoria, three in Western Australia, and two in NSW. Victoria announced an additional three deaths.
* The national death toll is 854: Victoria 766, NSW 55, 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 31,328,000
* Deaths: at least 964,000
* Recovered: at least 21,503,000
Data current as of 1730 AEST September 22, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
Australian Associated Press