Australia punches well above its weight in terms of research outcomes, a habit highlighted by the release of the Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013 report.

Over a million Australian students, young jobseekers, carers and young people with a disability will see a small increase to their Centrelink payments from next year.

A rare moment of cross-border collaboration has arisen from a meeting on the Queensland-New South Wales divide.

Schemes encouraging regional social cohesion and providing indigenous legal aid have been cut to save funds, as the Federal Government grapples with a worsening budgetary situation.

Newcastle Council's general manager says a push for the council to keep a traditional, but not official, Christmas Eve half day for staff will cost jobs.

The Federal Government has bumped forward a program in response to the high unemployment rate in Tasmania.

A parliamentary committee has heard Perth councils were pretty severely short-changed by the WA state government’s push for metro council amalgamations.

This week’s Federal Government Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) indicates changes on the way for several agricultural schemes and funds but not a lot of detail on what, if anything, will replace them.

The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority has to move away from industry-favouring and do more regulating if it is to gain more public trust, a recent survey found.

Nearly a million dollars will be spent to work out how to save water in an important set of lakes.

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has raised concerns after Northern Territory Police suddenly armed its school-based police officers.

Australia may get to vote on which measures, if any, should be applied to stem the flow of money pouring into poker-machines around the country.

A local report has accused Centrelink’s national boss of racking up excess costs, while the department sacks hundreds of workers.

All councils will be looking to save a few dollars at the moment, and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has urged its members to think of technological ways to tighten the belt.

Millions of dollars have been provided to allow more Indigenous and disadvantaged Australians to attend university.

Regional Development Australia says the Federal Government is neglecting one of its most vulnerable communities by ignoring the closure of a Northern Territory refinery, and the likely ruination of nearby residents.

The Council region within which a contentious port expansion has been approved is looking to ensure it can be used for something other than coal.

There has long been a perception that the public sector enjoys a bit of regulation, but a recent speech from Dr Ian Watt says the opposite is now the way.

An agreement has been struck to change the relationship between the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

One council has become the first in Tasmania to implement the Local Government Peak Oil Action Plan, which seeks to help fight the ever-increasing cost of fuel.

Six hundred gigalitres of water from the River Murray system, the Goulburn and Murrumbidgee Rivers will be pushed where it is needed most, according to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham.

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