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Scott Morrison is hoping the prospect of extra jobs and business activity will drive further lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

The prime minister has been on the state election campaign trail in Queensland, which has continued its streak of no new infections and has just two active cases - the lowest number since July 21.

Tourist flights from New Zealand will start arriving in Mr Morrison's home state of NSW and the Northern Territory from Friday under one-way travel arrangements.

"If Queensland doesn't want to apply two weeks quarantine on Kiwis coming into Queensland, they'd be able to benefit from it as well," Mr Morrison said in Brisbane.

Tourism Australia is launching a new drive to encourage people to holiday interstate once the domestic borders reopen, in an effort to save countless travel businesses hanging on by a thread.

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said there were jobs to be created.

"As we are getting some of the states opening up - and hopefully further progress in the weeks to come with Tasmania, and ideally Queensland - then we really do want people to plan good summer breaks where they can afford to do so, where it's safe to do so," he said.

"And save some of those one in 13 Australian jobs that have historically relied upon tourism."

The prime minister is due to meet with state and territory leaders for national cabinet on Friday, where the idea of coronavirus "hotspots" is expected to again be discussed in a bid to kickstart the economy while minimising the health risk.

The proposed system is based on two sets of triggers - one for big cities, and one for the regions - based on the number of locally acquired cases.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will propose a third hotspot definition be adopted, for regional cities such as Canberra, Newcastle, Geelong and the Gold Coast.

He said the ACT had shown an area can manage the risk with well-informed health advice and without having a hard border closure.

Tasmania is set to reopen its borders to every state and territory - except Victoria and NSW - on October 26.

A decision on NSW will be made a week out on October 19, with Victoria cut off until at least December 1.

Victoria recorded 12 new coronavirus infections and one more death on Tuesday, taking the national toll to 899.

The 14-day rolling average has increased slightly in metropolitan Melbourne but is stable in regional Victoria.

NSW recorded 13 new cases. Seven were locally transmitted and the other six were overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

Despite the figures, the NSW government announced up to 500 people will be permitted to attend seated outdoor music performances, while a one patron per square metre rule would be allowed for outdoor dining from Friday.

Off the coast of WA's Port Hedland seven of the 20 crew from the Vega Dream iron ore bulk carrier, which arrived from the Philippines, have now tested positive.

A woman in her 30s who travelled to Perth from India tested positive on Tuesday and is in hotel quarantine.

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