Members of the Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) prepare to take food parcels to residents in a locked down public housing estate in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP via Getty

Melbourne began a six-week lockdown on Thursday following a spike in new coronavirus cases, as states around the country tightened internal borders to(...)

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017. Photograph: iStock

A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark in waters off Australia’s tropical northeast coast on Thursday, an ambulance official said, the second atta(...)

A diver swims on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: AP

The United Nations cultural heritage body Unesco urged Australia on Saturday to accelerate efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef, saying long term ta(...)

The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the f(...)

Quentin Bryce inspects the Federation Guard during a ceremony to mark the end of her term as Australia’s governor general, in Canberra last month. Prime minister Tony Abbott subsequently announced that Ms Bryce had been made a dame. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

The walk of shame to the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s offices on Sydney’s Castlereagh Street has in recent years been the almost(...)