"New Zealand police earlier this morning confirmed that both Julie and Jess are amongst the deceased in this tragic incident in New Zealand", he told reporters in Brisbane.
Gavin Dallow, 53, his partner Lisa Hosking, 48 and daughter Zoe Hosking were on a two-week Royal Caribbean cruise around New Zealand which left last Wednesday, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.
Deputy Police Commissioner, John Tims said, "We absolutely understand the stress this is causing, we understand the grief that they're in, we understand the importance of us returning to the island for all New Zealanders". "Eruptions in the next 24 hours are still likely to occur".
Doctors in New Zealand have ordered 120 square meters of human skin from the United States to treat the severe burns of victims from the White Island volcano eruption.
Six people have been confirmed dead in the explosion, while authorities are working to find bodies of eight others presumed dead. "A number of flights were carried out throughout the day and no signs of life were seen".
A total of 30 people are now receiving treatment in hospitals across New Zealand.
Dozens of people have been hospitalized and several are still missing after the eruption in New Zealand.
The cruise ship, which has passengers among the dead, hurt and missing from the White Island eruption, was scheduled to sail out at 6.15pm today.
The friends of three Australian victims of the deadly Whakaari volcano eruption have confirmed their deaths.
Tourist Michael Schade wrote on Twitter as he posted video of the eruption that his "family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable".
"Yesterday there was a high risk of an eruption".
The first victim to be identified was tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, a local of nearby town Whakatane, who has been named by his brother on Facebook.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that 10 Australian patients would be repatriated in the next 24 hours to receive "specialist medical care". There is a high chance that New Zealand's most active volcano will erupt again.
But the prospects aren't good after GeoNet, the local agency that gathers volcano data, noted increased activity since 4am local time.