The world's major meteorological agencies have declared 2016 to the hottest year on record - making it three new highs in as many years - as increases in greenhouse gases drove global warming.
Emily Woods An alleged serial arsonist has been charged with intentionally causing four bushfires in less than a week.
Craig Butt, Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks Securing a spot at university has become more difficult, with students needing a higher ATAR to get into most courses.
Aisha Dow, Tammy Mills Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle says he is not willing to bundle up and ship out homeless people from the CBD, despite concerns about the sight of growing street camps.
Nino Bucci When a Japanese whaling boat sails into the vast expanse of ocean between Australia and Antarctica it usually means the hunt is on.
Emma D'Agostino Crime Stoppers and Consumer Affairs Victoria are warning of travelling con men.
Beau Donelly Lego-loving thieves have Victoria Police working overtime. A taskforce might be needed.
Jason Walls New specialised government school to take the place of the former Anglicare Educational Services Unit.