Declining cheque use as payments go digital

Australian consumers are continuing to move away from cheques and cash in favour of cards and other electronic payments.

First Brisbane-to-Melbourne Rail tenders

Australia's iconic Brisbane-to-Melbourne Inland Rail project will receive $300 million with the first round of open tenders advertised 7 March 2015.

Telecommunications prices fall

The ACCC’s annual telecommunications reports for 2013-14 show that the prices paid by consumers for telecommunications services fell by 2.7 per cent in real terms in 2013-14.

Australians need more calcium and iron - ABS

In a joint first between the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), estimates of Australians’ usual intake of nutrients have been produced and calcium is found to be lacking.

QLD Labor to address long wait lists - again

The Queensland Government will make $30 million immediately available to Queensland Hospital and Health Services to start the process of addressing the ‘waiting list for the waiting list’.

Action needed on NSW housing crisis

Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is calling on both major parties to tell voters how they plan to address the housing crisis before the State Government election on 28 March 2015.

Quakers Hill Nursing Home management’s response ‘lame and risky’ - Coroner

Findings from the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire coronial inquest are damning of the nursing home’s employment and management of Roger Dean, who lit two fires which killed 11 residents in November 2011.

Family violence reform for WA

The State Government will overhaul the Restraining Orders Act 1997 as part of a comprehensive reform package to better protect family violence victims in Western Australia.

Gender superannuation gap

The current 19% pay gap between women and men’s wages in Australia is translating into a yawning superannuation gap of 47%.

Moderate coffee consumption lessens risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks

People who drink a moderate amount of coffee daily are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, reveals research published online in the journal Heart.

Sydney seniors getting ready to rock at ‘Prom Night’ ball

Elderly clients of UnitingCare Ageing’s services across Sydney are getting ready to rock at this year’s Seniors’ Ball at the Hordern Pavilion in the Moore Park Entertainment Precinct.

Intergenerational Report – seniors body perspectives

The fourth Intergenerational Report (IGR), released today by Treasurer Joe Hockey, reveals an outlook of optimism, opportunity and challenge, says National Seniors.

Intergenerational Report stark choices

At the release of the report, the Treasury Joe Hockey said the Report is the social compact between the generations – children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and each other.

Hidden hazards in green products

A University of Melbourne researcher has found that common consumer products, including those marketed as ‘green', 'all-natural', 'non-toxic', and ‘organic’, emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality.

Losing a spouse often hastily linked to depression

Loneliness brought about by the death of a spouse can trigger a wider network of depression-like symptoms – and doctors are often too quick to attribute the symptoms to depression.

Living alone in Australia

A quarter of all Australian households are now lone person households, according to a new demographic trends paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australia Post charges to increase and speed to drop

The Government has approved an Australia Post's request to introduce a two-speed letters service – a Priority and Regular service that will be introduced for consumers no earlier than September 2015.

Risks taking paracetamol long-term

Doctors may have underestimated the risks for patients who take paracetamol long-term, suggests research published online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

ASIC sheds light on no-claims discount schemes

ASIC has released a report on the operation of no-claims discount (NCD) schemes for motor vehicle insurance policies.

RFDS invests in aeromedical jet for NT

Central Australians will soon be cared for 24/7 by a permanently configured aeromedical jet following the purchase of a state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-24 aircraft by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Consultation now open for SA Retirement Villages Act review

South Australians are being encouraged provide feedback on the review of the Retirement Villages Act.