Support for aged care in rural and remote communities

The Commonwealth today announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative.

Grants to SLS clubs to keep us sea side safe

Every Australian surf life-saving club will receive $5000 to improve safety equipment and better-prevent drownings this summer as part of the latest round of Commonwealth funding.

Credit reporting systems change

The Australian Retail Credit Association Ltd (ARCA) has been authorised by the ACCC to exchange comprehensive consumer credit data between signatory credit reporting bodies and lenders.

Questions raised over aged care workforce programmes

More-than-half of all taxpayer-funded aged care workforce programmes have never had their performance reviewed or evaluated.

Specialist Homelessness Services report released

Mental health and domestic violence continue to be key issues facing homelessness services.

TAS North West trout fishery opening

One of Tasmania’s renowned recreational trout fisheries will open to all enthusiasts in a move to increase participation and visitation in the state’s North West.

More VIC householders to access solar power

The Victorian Government is making it easier for householders to install solar power panels and take up the use of renewable energy technology.

Mobile Black Spot Programme Round 2

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield today called for nominations of mobile black spot locations around Australia to be submitted by 31 December 2015.

Free VIC public transport on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve

The Victorian Government will provide free public transport on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve across Victoria.

Long nights and lazy days could send you to an early grave

Sleeping more than nine hours a night, and sitting too much during the day could be a hazardous combination, particularly when added to a lack of exercise.

Seniors Card savings extended to more Victorians

A new Seniors Card available today will extend the huge range of business discounts and savings on offer through the Victorian Seniors Card Program to seniors working full time.

Public housing tenants recognised for community work

Six Victorian public housing tenants and groups have been recognised for the voluntary contribution they have made to supporting their neighbourhoods.

MoneySmart 12 money tips for Christmas

Australians are encouraged to visit ASIC's MoneySmart website leading up to Christmas to discover money saving tips that make sense.

Career check-up for mature workers

A new pilot programme to help mature workers plan the next stage of their careers has been launched.

Female pay gap leads to 19.3% annual super contribution shortfall

A gender pay gap in average annual earnings for full-time permanent employees results in an annual 19.3% shortfall in superannuation contributions for women compared to men.

Growth in carbon dioxide emissions breaks in 2015

A report released today by the Global Carbon Project (GCP) has found that emissions of carbon dioxide in 2015 will break the rapid emissions growth of the past decade.

Before you ask the SES – can you help yourself?

The State Emergency Service (SES) is urging residents to consider how they could assist themselves before calling 132 500 after a severe weather event.

Better monitoring needed for men foregoing aggressive prostate cancer treatment

UCLA study finds most patients who choose “active surveillance” don’t follow up with tests and office visits.

Genes that delay Alzheimer's Disease isolated

Scientists have identified a network of nine genes that play a key role in the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

Study focuses on quality of life of people with dementia

Quality of life for people with dementia living in long-term care is often negatively impacted due to low levels of activity participation.

40,000 Australians have their say on private health

Almost 40,000 Australians have flooded the Government’s online survey asking whether they are getting value for money from their private health cover and how best to improve their policy.