A man has been charged following the alleged assault of an 11-year-old girl at a shopping centre in Sydney's south-west.
Derek Barrett has begun serving an almost 35-year jail term for brutally murdering his niece, whose naked body was found floating in the blowhole at Snapper Point on the NSW Central Coast.
Queensland police Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing will officially depart the service next year but has taken leave and has stepped down after 40 years in the job.
The child abuse royal commission wants quick and lasting action from governments and institutions to protect children but its most controversial calls for changes to centuries-old church laws appear destined for failure.
Former Australian Idol contestant Paulini Curuenavuli has avoided jail and instead been handed a six-month suspended sentence for bribing a NSW government employee to obtain an unrestricted driver's licence.
Incoming Gold Coast Titans executive chairman Dennis Watt wants to implement a staffing overhaul at the freshly sold NRL club.
One of Queensland's top police officers is stepping down after 40 years in the job.
Dog advocates and a tiny poodle called Oscar are celebrating after laws to ban puppy farming passed Victorian parliament.
A terminally ill Melbourne woman and her long-term partner will make history when they become Australia's first same-sex couple to legally marry on home soil.
A 71-year-old central Queensland cook allegedly not paid for nine weeks work has become the oldest person involved in Fair Work legal action over pay.