In a show of solidarity the state Premiers have thanked each other for their efforts in returning overseas Aussies.
Scott Morrison said more than 45,000 stranded Australians have returned home since September but there are still about 39,000 people on the waiting list.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews thanked other premiers, particularly the NSW Premier, for taking international arrivals while Victoria stopped.
He said Victoria will increase its numbers in hotel quarantine and points out the need to bring in thousands of farm workers.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the NSW weekly cap of 3000 international arrivals won’t change soon.
She wants a conversation next year about lifting the number.