Victoria's mixed coronavirus news continues, with 23 deaths and new cases dropping further to 113.
The latest fatalities take the state toll to 485 and the national figure to 572.
It's also the third-highest daily toll for Australia after Wednesday's 24 and the record 25 on August 5.
But the new cases are the lowest since 74 on July 5, also the last time that number was below 100.
The figures come as a daily protest in Melbourne's outer southeast was broken up after residents again rebelled against the city's strict COVID-19 lockdown rules.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were six active cases in Ballarat and numbers have remained rather stable for the last week.
While Premier Daniel Andrews vies for a 12-month extension to state of emergency powers, online vision showed hundreds of people walking through Dandenong streets on Wednesday afternoon.
Police dispersed the large crowds and at least one man was arrested.
The recurring protest has been staged at Dandenong's George Andrews Reserve each afternoon in a blatant breach of health directions.
Mr Andrews is meanwhile being dragged to the negotiating table over a proposed extension to Victoria's state of emergency legislation, allowing the retention of ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
He wants 12 months but without the support of the state opposition, may have to compromise to satisfy at least four crossbench MPs for it to pass.
Prominent crossbencher Fiona Patten wants the emergency powers extended by no more than six months and a cross-party committee to oversee the provisions.
The current pandemic emergency declaration is due to expire on September 13 after a maximum six extensions.
Mr Andrews stressed the proposed extension did not mean stage four restrictions for another year and rules would only remain "for so long as it is necessary".
As case numbers and several other key statistics fall, Peninsula Health confirmed on Wednesday night that 618 of its workers had been forced to isolate.
It follows an outbreak at its Frankston Hospital, with 44 cases still active among the health provider's staff.
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