An alarming number of natural disaster victims turn to high-cost, short-finance — or pay day loans — to avoid going broke, financial counsellors say.
Demand for housing loans is dwindling from both investors and owner-occupiers, and some experts are warning the lending slump is creating a "feedback loop that drives prices significantly lower".
Small and big businesses say they are struggling, especially those in the construction and retail sectors, putting in doubt the Reserve Bank's hope that workers will start getting bigger pay rises.
Even as several smaller lenders are raising certain home loan interest rates, some analysts are tipping most mortgage borrowers will have lower repayments in 12 months' time.
Telstra slams the National Broadband Network for doubling the cost of internet access, but NBN Co rejects the allegations and points to improved services.
As many as half the people seeking financial counselling to cope with unsustainable debts are being turned away, and the sector wants the banks causing the problems to pay for more counsellors.
Australia's key financial regulators the RBA and ASIC are pushing for greater economics education in schools in order to empower future consumers.
It's no-one's favourite pastime, but there is evidence government paperwork and taxes are causing great distress for small businesses owners across the country, and some are not coping.
Two prominent research houses raise the alarm about how little many Australians will have in their nest eggs when they retire.
Headlines are dominated by steep falls in property prices along the east coast, but the property boom is alive and well in a number of cities around the country, as is optimism about strong price rises well into the future.