The NRL have confirmed a backdated four-year doping ban for Cronulla's Bronson Xerri that will keep him out of professional sport until November 2023.
Parts of Sydney's northwest are experiencing major flooding with further evacuation orders issued for some areas.
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES FROM THE NSW RAIN EMERGENCY* More than 18,000 people have been told to evacuate* NSW is on alert with more rain due to hit the state* 150 flood rescues overnight to early Monday* 2000 calls for help, taking the weekend total to more than 10,000* About...
Two-time NRL player-of-the-year Jarryd Hayne has accepted he is going to jail for raping a woman in Newcastle but has maintained his innocence.
A Gold Coast woman who plotted to have a hitman kill her ex-husband has protested her innocence after being found guilty a second time.
As Australia's next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout gets under way, new research predicts the nation will get a multi-billion dollar boost if the international vaccine program is broad and speedy.
LATEST ON VACCINE ROLLOUT:* 281,500 vaccinations for COVID-19 provided so far* 58,358 doses given in aged care (including 49,000 first doses)* 609 aged care facilities have had at least one dose (89 have had two doses)* 1000 GPs involved in rollout of phase 1b which started on Monday.
Australians are being asked to be patient as the next stage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins.
NSW have been left to lick their wounds after being skittled for just 32 by Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield, their lowest-ever total.
The national medicine regulator has given a green light for the domestic production of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for Australian-made batches to be released within days.