The challenge posed by the nation's bushfire crisis will remain into the new year, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says everyone can take comfort in the "amazing spirit of Australians".
Two titan climate campaigners, Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, have joined forces to push politicians and businesses to step up action on climate change after a year in which schoolchildren took to the world's streets in protest.
East Gippsland was ablaze late on Monday as more than 30 bushfires ravaged Victoria.
Fire crews are battling catastrophic fire dangers in Victoria with flames leaping 20 metres into the air and 14 km high smoke columns creating fire-generated thunderstorms.
VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES KEY POINTS:* Ten emergency warnings were active in East Gippsland as of 5pm on Monday.