Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it’s “highly unlikely” Australians would be jailed if they breach the Biosecurity Act.
Flights from India have been suspended until May 15, as the country grapples with a massive COVID outbreak.
Australians who breach the rules could be subject to a hefty fine or prison.
Scott Morrison also dismissed as “absurd” claims from cricket commentator, Michael Slater, that he has blood on his hands because of the flight ban.
Another 368,000 people in India have tested positive to COVID-19 and nearly 3500 people have died in the past 24 hours.
Authorities have called in the army to help in the capital Delhi, with hospitals full and an oxygen shortage.
Police from Australia have helped German authorities disrupt one of the largest international platforms for child abuse material.
Four people in Europe have been arrested.
A new gas and hydrogen power plant will be built in the Illawarra.
The state and federal governments will provide $83 million in grants for the Energy Australia project.
The Sydney Anglican church is preparing to choose its new leader, with the election process beginning today.
Four men have been nominated for the position of Archbishop of Sydney following the retirement of Glenn Davies in March.
The US President has lifted the number of refugees allowed into the country this year to 62,500, up from 15,000 under the Trump administration.
Joe Biden says the new figure reflects America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.