Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says counter-terrorism plans must be revisited as investigators hunt a coal mine arsonist.
Firefighters will face the hurdle of high winds on Saturday as they try to contain a coal mine fire in the Victorian township of Morwell.
The federal government has approved a trial of cattle grazing in Victoria's high country, in a move that will anger environmentalists.
A volunteer group in South Australia's Murraylands says hundreds of southern hairy nose wombats are starving to death, after recent bushfires wiped out key habitat and food sources.
A bushfire in the western part of Waroona, south of Perth, is contained and under control, but small pockets of bushland are still ablaze.
UPDATE: A bushfire has burnt through more than 100ha in Waroona, south of Perth.
Victorian fire authorities say they hope the Morwell mine fire will be out by the weekend, as the Gippsland fire crisis enters its 50th day.
Sydney (AFP) - Australia will suffer more days of extreme heat and a longer bushfire season as greenhouse gases force temperatures to continue rising, a new report warned Tuesday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will visit Australia and New Zealand for three weeks in April with their nine-month-old baby, George.
The nation's top science and weather agencies warn "large and sustained" cuts to emissions are needed if climate change is to be limited.
Extra fire crews on stand-by to fight Victoria's Morwell mine fire ahead of windier conditions.