The federal government has injected $51 million towards its plan to lower power bills for Australian households and small businesses.
One in seven Australians are expected to seek a charity's help for food, bills and other basics over the festive period, new data suggests.
Hobart's major hospital has been given an extra $5 million per year in state government funding to deal with rising emergency department demand.
The mother of a nine-month-old baby girl found dead on a Surfers Paradise beach has faced court charged with failing to provide for her child and causing "danger of death".
Shark populations off the east coast of Australia have plummetted in the past 55 years with some species - such as great whites and hammerheads - dropping by 92 per cent, new research shows.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg has delivered a plea to clubs to help clean up the game's image after an off-season dominated by a constant stream of bad publicity.
Most young people would support a tax being slapped on sugary drinks if the money was used to subsidise fruit and vegetables or exercise facilities, a study has found.
A local council has upheld the status of Byron Bay's only nude beach despite local concerns it's become a "sex pest hot spot".
Tropical Cyclone Owen is expected to U-turn away from the Northern Territory coast before gathering force and striking Queensland but that's taking longer than expected leaving residents with a nervous wait.
Taxpayer money could go towards upgrading existing coal-fired power plants under the federal government's plan to reduce electricity bills.