Legislation is being drafted for the NDIS but the funding element won't be enshrined for some time, Disabilities Minister Jenny Macklin says.
Disabilities Minister Jenny Macklin says there is more work to be done between the commonwealth and states before the NDIS funding is made law.
The Liberal National Party has chosen former Howard minister Mal Brough to contest Speaker Peter Slipper's seat of Fisher at the next election.
Border Protection authorities have intercepted a boat carrying around 15 suspected asylum seekers off the coast of Western Australia.
Wayne Swan says Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is being "cold-hearted and callous" in refusing to come on board for a national disability trial.
The Harbour City Ferries consortium has begun the $800 million, seven-year contract to maintain and operate the ferry services.
NSW Liberal upper house MP Charlie Lynn who has confirmed he will resign from the party.
Australia should send Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Colombo in large numbers to deter people smugglers, Sri Lanka's navy says.
The Liberal National Party will announce this weekend their candidates for Fisher and Lilley at the next federal election.
The legality of thousands of decisions on foreign work visas is in question because of a paperwork bungle by a government body, Fairfax media reports.
The federal opposition says residents on the Central Coast will see increased bills as two councils deemed big polluters are forced to pay the carbon tax.
GetUp director Simon Sheikh, who collapsed from flu and overwork during an appearance on national TV, says he plans to step aside from his post.
SunWater will not build the Connors River Dam in central Queensland, despite securing state and federal government approvals.
Authorities have intercepted a boat carrying three suspected asylum seekers off the North Australian coast on Friday.
Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne is planning to introduce a bill to make it easier for shoppers to choose Australian-grown foods.
“If Olympic Dam goes we’re stuffed. This is all we have, everything else is on the skids with no prospect of improvement.”
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has seemingly taken a swipe at Tony Abbott, saying any talk of an 'anglosphere' is risky.
Union boss Paul Howes says he won't be intimidated by Woolworths' "legal threats and bully-boy tactics" over the union's petrol campaign.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu says he has never sought to brawl with Prime Minister Julia Gillard over the NDIS.