Victoria has eliminated coronavirus, an achievement that one Melbourne doctor notes was unthinkable only three months ago.
Friday marks four weeks without a new case of coronavirus.
Some 9828 Victorians were tested in the past 24 hours.
Health authorities say 28 days with no new cases means the virus has been eliminated from the community, given that period represents two 14-day incubation periods.
Victoria reached 7880 active cases on August 11.
The last COVID-19 patient in a Victorian hospital was discharged on Monday, leaving the state without an active case.
“It is an emotional thing. My training makes me wary about ever saying we’ve reached the finish line here,” Melbourne doctor Stephen Parnis told ABC radio.
“But the fact that in about three months we’ve gotten to this point, no one would have been able to suggest that would even come close to this.
“Rightly, it’s a day we should all have a great deal of person satisfaction.”
Dr Parnis spoke of the heavy toll that Victoria’s coronavirus crisis had taken on medical and health workers.
Australia’s death toll from the virus is 907 and 819 of them are Victorians.
“I don’t think any of us are going to come through this without a few scars,” he said.
“It was a scary time, it was an exhausting time.”
Victorian testing boss Jeroen Weimar said their job now was to ensure the state kept its clean slate.
“This is congratulations to the whole Victorian community – everybody who stayed at home and did all the right things,” Mr Weimar told 3AW.
“That’s where it’s got us to today and the job now, certainly for those of us in the health team, we’ve got to keep it here.”
Department of Education deputy secretary David Howes said year six and year 12 students can now go ahead with graduation ceremonies, subject to health guidelines.
“They’re going to be terrific events and it is just great for them to be able to get together after what has been a very, very tough year,” he told 3AW radio.
Mr Howes also spoke of the “massive acknowledgment” due to teachers, support staff and parents who endured remote learning.
He also noted schools stayed open during lockdown for vulnerable students and the children of people who could not work from home.
Despite the good news, the Department of Health and Human Services has warned more virus fragments have been found as part of its wastewater surveillance testing program.
They were detected in a sample from a treatment plant in the Geelong suburb of Corio, and residents and visitors from Saturday to Tuesday are urged to come forward for testing.