It's the largest government department with 35,000 staff and now drastic measures have been taken to reduce the number of sick days being taken.
Five months ago, it appeared non-negotiable. Now, the government is offering to ditch the most controversial elements.
Comment: Publishing whistleblower's information can be justified if it is in the public interest.
Within days, the government will begin preparing roads for the new light rail project.
Canada and Australia both do it to stop their citizens joining terrorist groups. It's a risky move.
Studio behind this film takes aim at Australians downloading. One internet provider is fighting back.
Canada's parliament has reopened with a standing ovation for its sergeant-at-arms, a day after he shot dead a gunman who killed a soldier and stormed the building.
Under tight security, politicians returned to the city's Parliament Hill complex, where prime minister Stephen Harper told parliament the Canadian government would "be vigilant" to threats but "not run scared".
Members of parliament rose to their feet in applause for sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, who put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a firearm and take down a gunman, reported to be 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
Earlier members of parliament gathered at the national war memorial to honour soldier Nathan Cirillo, who was shot while standing guard at the site.
A doctor treating Michael Schumacher says the former Formula One champion was making progress, but will need years to recover.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has backed Hong Kong protesters who are calling for full democratic elections in 2017.
Tens of thousands of women and children from Central America are risking robbery, sexual abuse and death as they make the journey to a new life in the US.
North Korea will close its borders to foreign tourists this week due to Ebola fears, travel agencies say.
The finalists in the 2014 Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism have been announced at events in Sydney and Melbourne.
A 63-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder following a four-hour siege in Wedderburn, central Victoria.
A man has been arrested after a dramatic four-hour, 300-kilometre car chase across eastern Victoria.
A police officer involved with the family violence case between Rosie Batty and her former partner Greg Anderson says he was "astounded" Anderson was released on bail before he killed their son.
The Federal Court has continued an order preventing news website New Matilda further publishing details of racist and sexist emails allegedly sent by suspended Sydney University professor Barry Spurr.
The gap between student performance at Australia's richest and poorest schools has widened in the three years since the Gonski report into education was delivered, a new report has found.
A man and a teenage girl have been charged over a high-speed chase through Victoria which allegedly involved a gun used to steal cars and take hostages.