Australia's Rural Fire Service says more than 720 New south Wales homes have been destroyed over the fire season so far.
A New South Wales family of four is listed among more than 100 people sought by friends and family in the wake of the Whakaari/White Island eruption off the North Island.
Firefighters across Australia's east coast were bracing for a fresh wave of fires as temperatures across the country's most populous state were expected to soar.
Up to three Australians have been killed after a volcano erupted in New Zealand, while eight others are missing and the death toll is expected to rise.
A global search is on to find a man wanted for sexually abusing children in Sydney over a six-year period in the 1980s.
A 'megafire' is ravaging areas north of Sydney as more than 100 blazes take hold in New South Wales amid deteriorating weather conditions.
Anti-terror police armed with assault rifles will patrol Brisbane and Canberra airports this Christmas.
Temperatures above 40C are expected in parts of Queensland as destructive bushfires rage across the state.
A new partnership in Australia involving Instagram aims to address body image issues on social media.
Rugby Australia has apologised to Israel Folau as part of its settlement with the former Wallaby over his sacking due to controversial social media posts.
A body believed to be that of a missing Alice Springs woman has been found two weeks after she went missing with two friends in the Northern Territory Outback.
A second person has been found alive after being lost for two weeks in the Northern Territory Outback and police are hopeful of finding a third person who remains missing.
The majority of strip-searches carried out on teenagers at an underage Sydney music festival earlier this year were potentially unlawful, an inquiry has heard.
Homes and properties have been destroyed by out-of-control bushfires near Batemans Bay on the New South Wales south coast, fire authorities have confirmed.
A woman who survived a traumatic fortnight stranded in Australia's unforgiving Outback saved herself by finding a water hole.
A 5-year-old Australian girl has died in hospital days after being found inside a hot car, a week after the deaths of two young sisters also thought to be due to being left in a hot vehicle.
The widow of a New Zealand worker killed when a pipe exploded on a Sydney construction site has described the moment she was taken to see his body in a hospital room.
Thousands of Australian students walked out of class on Friday to join rallies demanding stronger action to rein in climate change, which they say is contributing to the country's bushfire crisis.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has put out a fresh warning for residents to prepare for fire ahead of a hot and windy weekend forecast.