Retail spending in the run-up to Christmas was even stronger than first thought, with Melburnians particularly rampant at the shops after emerging from a lengthy lockdown.
Retail sales in November were up 7.1 per cent on the previous month, after statisticians increased their preliminary estimate by 0.1 per cent.
Australian motorcycle star Toby Price has had the lead snatched away from him in the Dakar Rally by Chile's Jose Ignacio Cornejo.
NSW's three new coronavirus cases, close contacts that contact tracers missed, were out and about in the community while infectious, the state's chief health officer has admitted.
Australia's peak automotive body is urging the federal government to rethink plans to mandate rollover bars on ATVs or quad bikes, warning the move threatens the viability of dealers and could actually cost lives.
India's players were allegedly subjected to racial abuse from a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the third Test against Australia.
Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese has been discharged from hospital after being injured in a car accident.
A man has been charged after allegedly shooting another man in the foot in public in Sydney's southwest.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Australians should assume mutated COVID-19 variants emanating from the United Kingdom and South Africa will become the world's dominant strains due to their contagiousness.
Shark encounters on Australia's coastline could become more commonplace as the La Nina weather pattern drives increased rainfall and changes in ocean conditions.