It's official: Australia's floods and bushfires make it one of the most disaster-hit places, in the most disaster-prone region on the planet.
Firefighters battling "horrendous" blazes in central Queensland are facing "conditions never seen before" as authorities plead with residents in the Deepwater area to leave their homes immediately.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issues an urgent plea for residents near Deepwater in central Queensland to leave their homes immediately due to the ongoing threat from a bushfire fanned by an unprecedented heatwave.
Temperature records are being broken across the central and northern parts of Queensland as an "extreme heatwave" creates "trying conditions" for fire crews battling large bushfires.
Sydney Trains' ability to handle emergencies on its network needs "significant improvement", according to an internal report commissioned after a series of meltdowns on its network earlier this year.
The Bureau of Meteorology last month flagged significant changes to its forecasting, but the director is promising a new automated system will allow for better, tailored forecasts.
Telstra apologises for the national outage of the emergency phone service earlier this year, saying "one failed call to triple zero is one too many".
When UA839 was running low on fuel, it gave Sydney a taste of what it's like when emergency strikes. But if a plane were to get in trouble in peak hour, the ramifications could be a lot worse.
Police activate a "full emergency response" and close roads around Sydney Airport after a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles makes a mayday call above the Harbour City, but eventually lands safely.