France's Celine Boutier won the women's title - which ran alongside the men, with the same prize money - by two shots.
Australian Wade Ormsby recovered from a double bogey to take the lead in the $1 million ISPS Handa Vic Open on a day when just standing still was a chore, never mind moving up the leaderboard.
Boutier's victory in the women's section was a groundbreaker, too, for the 25-year-old from Paris of Thai extraction.
Stieger recorded a 65 to be level alongside Shinkwin (66) at the close of play, while Justin Harding (66), Brad Kennedy (72) and David Law (71) are bunched together on 12 under.
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Around the same time a huge roar reverberated around the Barwon Heads links and it was a Scot who had caused it. David Law, 27, is an unheralded player in this part of the world, having spent five years on the secondary Challenge Tour trying to find his way on to the main European Tour.
In hard conditions in Barwon Heads, American Kaufman scored three birdies but dropped shots at five holes, including a double bogey at the par-4 14th, to fall back to 10 under overall.
"I made the cut on the number and everything after that was a bonus". "It was just tough out there". I pulled it together really nicely, just stayed patient. That's all we can do in weather like that.
"I hit a great shot in and it was a nice putt, eight feet down the hill and pretty straight".
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"I said to my caddie if the greens were firm, that would have been a debacle out there".
"Depends what the weather gives up tomorrow".
Both Kennedy and Ormsby dropped shots at the 17th, Ormsby a double bogey and Kennedy a bogey which cost them both the chance of victory. "I'm just so emotional right now". Honestly, I got to that where I couldn't remember how many birdies I had made.
"We said we were going to try to finish three-two-four in the hope that we could get a top-three finish". He's from Aberdeen, Scotland, and is used to playing in wind and rain.
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I am anxious about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not anxious about the club. "You have to ask the club", he said.
The victory represents a remarkable turnaround on the course for Law, who was on the brink of taking on other work over the winter before winning last season's SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and finishing 14th on the Challenge Tour to earn a European Tour card. "So as long as you accept that sometimes bogey is not that bad a score, you'll be OK". "Also learning how do I learn to manage being in the final group the last two days".