Here are the major national and international news stories of the day, including sports updates, currency exchange rates and the weather forecast.
Making the headlines today:
- Identification of the victims of the deadly volcanic eruption in New Zealand could take weeks,
- Air pollution in Sydney over 11 times worse than the prescribed "hazardous" level, says New South Wales environmental department
and in sport,
- In sport, organisers of the Sydney to Hobart lead-up race work on a contigency plan to deal with smoke haze