Treasury knew it was paying billions of Jobkeeper money to businesses that might not have needed it.
That's the revelation from an insight report, conducted by Treasury, and released on Monday. It found $27 billion was paid to businesses that didn't meet Jobkeeper's 30 per cent turnover eligibility threshold.
Of those funds, $13.8 billion went to firms that reported increases in turnover compared to the prior year.
The payments made to profit-making businesses covers 480,000 individual employees.
More NSW restrictions could ease in a week
With the first stage of its re-opening just a day old, NSW is already looking ahead to stage two.
More than 80 per cent of the population will be fully vaccinated as soon as next Monday, the next threshold for easing restrictions.
Vic stacking scandal claims fourth scalp
Luke Donnellan has become the fourth Victorian minister to leave cabinet as part of the branch stacking scandal engulfing the state's Labor government.
Mr Donnellan, who held the portfolios of child protection, ageing, disability and carers, announced he would step down from Premier Daniel Andrews' cabinet immediately.
His resignation came just hours after federal MP Anthony Byrne on Monday told an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission inquiry branch stacking was "out of control" in Victoria.
Aust to get new domestic airline in 2022
Australia will get a new domestic airline from early next year when Bonza expects to take to the skies, taking advantage of an expected boom in air travel in a post-pandemic world.
Bonza, which is backed by a US investment firm and headed by ex-Virgin Blue executive Tim Jordan, is promising "ultra low prices" to travel around the country in 2022.
ACT to outline plans for easing lockdown
Today, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will further detail how Canberra will emerge out of COVID-19 lockdown, ahead of stay-at-home orders easing later this week.
Canberra's lockdown will end on October 15, which will see the reopening of cafes, bars, restaurants and gyms, with up to five visitors allowed in the home.
While the ACT's road map out of lockdown has already been unveiled, Mr Barr said finer detail would be announced on Tuesday ahead of the reopening.
Coal going out and a Prince with a message for the PM
Coal is leaving Australia's national energy market much faster than initially thought and is expected to be offline by the mid-2030s.
That's the assessment of outgoing Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott. Dr Schott described coal as being "what coaches were to the motor car".
The news comes as the World Health Organisation has made a strong call for ambitious new climate change targets.
In 10 recommendations, the WHO demanded, among other things, better quality of life in cities, priority for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users and a sustainable agricultural economy.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other world leaders to attend the UN's climate change conference.
While Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, the Queen and the Pope will all be there, the PM has yet to decide if he'll attend.
- with Australian Associated Press