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Australia and East Timor have agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries, potentially ending years of dispute over the lucrative oil-rich Timor Gap and closing a chapter of mistrust and enmity between the two neighbours.
Since Christmas Day, the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has endured a devastating 17 deaths by drowning.
Australia on Thursday rejected claims it tried to “recruit” Indonesia’s best soldiers as it worked to mend relations with Jakarta after military ties were suspended.
A lone fisherman survived by treading water for six hours after being dragged into the sea by a marlin off Western Australia.
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck off the island nation of Fiji on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
A post-mortem examination is to be held to investigate the unexplained death of a British woman in Australia, police say.
An Australian man has found instant fame after being filmed pretending to fish during flash floods in Melbourne.
Australian anti-terror police have charged a man for making threats against Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Fifteen men have been charged after police said they made the biggest cocaine bust in Australia's history.
Alcohol will be banned at a popular Sydney beach all summer after a Christmas party resulted in a build-up of 15 tonnes (15,000kg) of rubbish.