What’s in the federal budget for me? Here’s a quick guide

Here we go again, another federal budget has been handed down mere months after the last one. In Canberra on Tuesday, Treasurer Jim Chalmers described his first budget as “responsible, affordable, and sustainable”.   “It provides cost-of-living relief which is responsible, not reckless — to make life easier for Australians, without adding to …

Australia’s government is changing after nine years of the Coalition

Changes of government don’t happen often in Australia – the Coalition has been in power for the last nine years – but the public service has been preparing for this scenario for weeks. The incoming prime minister, Anthony Albanese, was receiving high-level briefings from public service officials on Sunday – and …

Pre-departure COVID test for international travellers to Australia ditched

The federal government is ditching a requirement for overseas travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test before they fly to Australia. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would no longer make it a condition of entry that people had to show they had tested negative for the virus before …