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Australia closes border to southern Africa

Australia has shut its borders to nine southern African countries and suspended all flights from that region amid growing concerns about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Upper Hunter a NSW flood concern

The NSW premier is urging residents to follow safety advice and avoid driving through flooding, after State Emergency Service volunteers had to rescue more than 30 people from dangerous waters overnight.

Australia sends help to riot-hit Solomons

Australia is sending police, diplomats and defence personnel to the Solomon Islands to provide stability and security after rioting in the capital Honiara.

Victoria scraps domestic travel permits

Victoria's domestic travel permit system has ended, with anyone from Australian states and territories permitted to enter regardless of their vaccination status.

Bureau declares La Nina weather event

Australian meteorologists have declared a La Nina weather event is now under way, with the country's wettest spring in 10 years to continue into summer.