Federal Court orders record penalty against payday lender

The Federal Court has today awarded record penalties totalling $18.975 million against payday lender, The Cash Store Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (TCS), and loan funder, Assistive Finance Australia Pty Ltd (AFA) for their failure to comply with consumer lending laws.

Added sugars - greater role than salt in high blood pressure

Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke, than added salt, says an analysis of published evidence in the online journal Open Heart.

Grants are open for NT Seniors Month 2015

Senior Northern Territorians and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants to help boost events planned for Seniors Month 2015.

Severe weather warning Southern Queensland

Issued by BOM about 5:00am EST on Wednesday 18 February 2015: severe weather warning St Lawrence to Double Island Point.

Renewed calls for Aussies to get active

With Australia’s Healthy Weight Week in full swing, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), has renewed calls for Australians to increase their physical activity levels.

Electric fans cool in heatwaves

A new study reveals electric fans can help prevent heat related illness during heatwaves, contrary to public health authorities’ claims that fans are dangerous when the mercury rises above 35 degrees Celsius.


Issued by BOM at 7:52 pm CST on Tuesday 17 February 2015: Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Lam is continuing to move westwards. Winds increasing at Nhulunbuy overnight.

Deeming rates to be lowered

Social security deeming rates for Australian part-pensioners and allowance recipients will be lowered from 20 March 2015.

Further funding for people with mental illness and their carers

The Federal Government has today announced it will extend funding for two programmes that provides support for people with a mental illness and their carers.

$75,000 lost every day to romance scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the online dating community to beware of any love interest who asks for money.

New banknotes - feature for the vision impaired

The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Glenn Stevens, has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people with a vision impairment.

Bundaberg aged care facility - Government Statement

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield has released a statement in relation to the abuse allegations made about the Kepnock Grove Retirement Centre aged care facility in Bundaberg.

Pumping iron could ward off dementia

High intensity weight training is important for brains not just brawn and could be prescribed in the fight against dementia according to new research from the University of Sydney.

Queensland’s new Labor Government Cabinet announced

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her new Cabinet will be focussed on job creation, listening to Queenslanders and restoring integrity and accountability to government in Queensland.

Better practice in residential care facilities guide

People living and working in residential care facilities will benefit from a new resource launched by researchers from The University of Western Australia's Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA).

Improved outcomes for stroke patients

A landmark trial has shown significantly improved outcomes for stroke patients with the use of a clot busting drug and clot removal.

Online dating about quantity for men, quality for women

A new study reveals different motivations between the sexes for online dating and that women find online dating less safe than men.

Back strains most likely in the morning

Sudden attacks of back pain are more likely to begin in the morning than later in the day, but are unlikely to be triggered by sex.

Resistance training improves older bones

Big improvements in strength with no injuries have been the hallmarks of success with a Griffith University study looking at the physical function of post-menopausal women.

Rise in white weddings at WA’s registry office

Increasing numbers of Western Australian couples are shunning expensive and lavish wedding ceremonies and opting to exchange vows at the Perth registry office.

Financial adviser jailed for $5.9 million fraud

A former financial adviser today was jailed for six years and three months for defrauding more than 150 clients of over $5.9 million over a period of 20 years.