Detainees at the NT's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre are learning invaluable work and life skills through a new equine husbandry and riding program.
Another 25,700 new jobs, mainly full-time, was not enough to stop the unemployment rate rising as more people looked for work.
The RBA seems to be getting a bit twitchy about the tension between strong employment and low wage growth. The next couple of months are crucial about whether interest rates are going up or down.
The Reserve Bank says if housing prices continue to fall heavily borrowers could hit "negative equity", where the amount owing on their mortgages is higher than the value of their property.
On the eve of the Budget, Arthur Sinodinos makes a "slightly radical" admission on ABC's Q&A panel, saying the unemployment allowance should be increased over time.
Lifting the rate of unemployment benefits would bring down poverty levels and reduce inequality in Australia, according to new modelling. But increases in allowances would impact some people more than others.
The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in almost eight years, although its move below 5 per cent was largely driven by fewer people looking for work.
The unemployment rate in Western Australia has reached its highest since 2002 and, despite a new promise of 150,000 more jobs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry warns there will be short-term pain before any long-term employment gains.
A surge in full-time jobs beats expectations, keeps unemployment steady and sends the Australian dollar higher.
Experts fear the north Queensland city will lose not only tourists, but broader economic momentum as the clean-up slows down activity in the weeks and months ahead.