Australia news live: Jason Clare promises university ‘reset’; mid-north NSW coast on flood alert; more eligible for fourth Covid booster

Good morning!

The flood crisis continues in parts of New South Wales with major flooding and evacuation orders in Singleton and several Hunter Valley towns.

Weather conditions are easing for Sydney and the NSW central coast, as almost 30,000 people have been allowed to return home. Applications for the federal disaster recovery payments will open at 2pm today.

Reports say a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose will become available for Australians over the age of 30, after the health minister, Mark Butler, is briefed today on Atagi’s recommendations following yesterday’s meeting.

The education minister, Jason Clare, has committed to a “reset” of relations between government and universities, announcing a review into the role and governance of the main grants body in a major speech last night.

I’m Natasha May and I’ll be updating you on all these headlines and more this morning. If there’s anything you think should be on the blog, you can ping me on Twitter @natasha__may or email

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