Australia's visa processing services have been put out to tender to the private sector, including an option to extend the process to citizenship applications.
Dylan Walker's NRL career appears in limbo with the Manly star stood down from training after allegedly assaulting his partner on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
He may have left Brisbane with no hard feelings but North Queensland recruit Josh McGuire admits he is relieved to join a "stable" NRL club, saying it will extend his career.
Brisbane enforcer Tevita Pangai says he only visited NRL rivals Newcastle out of curiosity after backing new Broncos coach Anthony Seibold and re-signing for another season.
The reputation of Australia's largest theme park has been savaged during the inquest into the deaths of four tourists at Dreamworld.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten says he remains concerned about encryption legislation despite helping pass the controversial laws before the Christmas break.
A man who used a semi-automatic rifle to shoot-up a Hobart cocktail bar had painted his face with red 'warpaint', a court has heard.
For Victorian Julie Baulch, a breakthrough drug trial to treat her breast cancer has given her a new lease on life.
A Queensland prison officer is among three men due to face court over allegations that staff of a privately operated jail were supplying steroids.
Australians have been more interested in sharing their favourite Aretha Franklin song with their Facebook friends than talking about a prime minister being dumped or the royal wedding.