Australians are being urged to spend Easter "locking in the gains" made from the strict coronavirus measures as the nation recorded fewer than 100 daily infections for the first time in three weeks.
More than 6000 Australians have had the coronavirus and 51 people have died, but Health Minister Greg Hunt says the low rate of new cases is an important milestone.
However, Australia still has a long way to go, he says, with concerns remaining about the 10 per cent of cases from an unknown source.
"The virus does not take a holiday. Therefore, none of us can relax in what we do," Mr Hunt said on Thursday.
"This, in many ways, is the most important weekend we may face in the whole course of the virus.
"This weekend there is good news for Australia, but there is a warning that we can either lock in the gains or lose those gains."
The daily infection rate has dropped below two per cent, with 81 new cases recorded on Thursday, the lowest since 79 on March 17, compared to a peak of 469 new cases on March 28.
The government has inked a $31.3 million deal with an Australian company to produce thousands of extra ventilators onshore to ensure adequate supply.
Meanwhile, the national cabinet decided on Thursday to end an exemption on quarantine requirements for airline crews.
Those on planes arriving in Australia will now have to quarantine themselves at home or in a hotel for 14 days or until their next flight out of the country.
It came as the federal government announced three rescue flights from Peru, Argentina and South Africa for Australians stranded by the pandemic.
Those flights are expected next week while a separate government rescue flight returned about 280 Australians from Peru on Thursday.
The cabinet also agreed on a national approach to giving households and businesses hit by the virus relief on their water, power and rates bills.
After several weeks of discussion every few days, the cabinet comprising the prime minister and state leaders isn't planning on meeting again until next Thursday.
It was expected to have decided on the way forward for students in their final year of school, but made no mention of the issue in the meeting statement.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan earlier in the week promised Year 12 students wouldn't face an extra year of study to complete school and rejected suggestions of mass repeating.
The Australian National University has decided to offer final year school students places for 2021 based on their 2019 Year 11 academic achievements.
Medical experts insist schools are safe, but governments are still urging parents to keep their kids home if they can.
For the majority of students, term two will involve online learning.
Federal parliament on Wednesday night passed a $130 billion scheme to provide wage subsidies for up to six million Australian workers.
Employees working for coronavirus-affected businesses will get $1500 fortnightly payments designed to keep people linked to their jobs during the crisis.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the debt will last for years, but made no apology for spending what's necessary in the circumstances.
"When it comes to our spending we don't want to have it going for one day longer than is absolutely necessary," he told ABC radio.
"That's why we put sunset clauses in place and we'll continue to assess the situation as it goes on."
Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the government could have spent less in some areas by ensuring business can't double up on employees taking leave as well as the new payments.
He expected parliament to sit before its planned August return to fill in unforeseen gaps in the legislation, including in relation to child care and temporary workers.
Australian Associated Press