Latest Victoria news
Neil McMahon 3:46 AM Luna Park's first newly built structure in decades - a three-level cafe and events centre brings added function.
Rania Spooner, Robyn Grace 11:34 PM Three buildings have been lost and residents left furious after an out-of-control burn-off sparked a 4000-hectare bushfire near Lancefield in central Victoria.
Rachel Wells, Rania Spooner and Marissa Calligeros 11:32 PM A controlled burn-off that jumped containment lines and became a raging bushfire destroying up to four homes in central Victoria continued to burn out of control on Wednesday.
Aisha Dow 11:00 PM A teenage girl who died when a car crammed with nine people smashed into a concrete pole was sitting on the lap of another passenger, police believe.
Konrad Marshall 10:18 PM The smoke drifted east from Lancefield this week, wafting on a breeze through Kilmore, climbing above Yan Yean Reservoir, spreading over Whittlesea and headed for Kinglake.
Julia Medew Health Editor 9:55 PM Complaints about mental health services have nearly doubled in Victoria.
Darren Gray 9:45 PM The decision to light the planned burn which developed into an uncontrolled bushfire near Lancefield has been blasted by a local sheep farmer who lives next to the Cobaw State Forest.
Patrick Hatch 8:27 PM Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.
Tammy Mills 8:27 PM For almost 30 years Norm Gribble held a dark secret until the day he unfurled a newspaper and was confronted with a black-and-white photo of a teenage girl.
Darren Gray 8:27 PM Angry locals have demanded answers from fire authorities during a tense public meeting at Lancefield over a planned burn which escaped and destroyed at least one house, burnt farmland and a vast area of state forest.
Peter Hannam 7:35 PM The impacts of the monster El Nino in the Pacific are likely to intensify across much of Australia, including worsening drought and an elevated bushfire threat, after conditions that were nullifying its effects suddenly retreated.
Carolyn Webb, Marissa Calligeros 7:10 PM Police have released city CCTV images of Stephen Bailey, who homicide detectives are hunting over the disappearance of his mother, Penny.
Carolyn Webb 6:50 PM A distinctive grey car may help find Keith Foggin, who was last seen in Bacchus Marsh on September 24.
Henrietta Cook 6:31 PM Teachers have been banned from restraining students with straps, holding them on the ground and locking them in seclusion rooms.
Richard Willingham 6:16 PM A major flaw in the Regional Rail Link is delaying commuters but could be easily fixed, former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer says.
Craig Butt 5:23 PM One in four Victorians in most urgent need of medical attention were not seen by a paramedic on time last year, Ambulance Victoria's annual report shows.
Cameron Houston 5:20 PM A police officer has died in Victoria's east after her motorcycle and a four-wheel-drive vehicle collided.
Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 4:57 PM A veteran police officer has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a driver during a routine traffic stop in Windsor in 2013.
Richard Willingham, Tom Cowie 4:52 PM The Andrews government is yet to commit the proposed $5.5 billion Western Distributor to scrutiny by its new infrastructure body, saying the authority's priority is for a 30-year blue print of the states infrastructure needs.
Rachel Wells 4:07 PM Residents in central Victoria are angry that a controlled burn that was started in the Cobaw State Forest a week ago has twice broken containment lines, threatening hundreds of houses and properties and destroying one home. This is how events unfolded.
Karl Quinn 3:52 PM Minor wobbles, but 2014-15 was mostly a year of stabilisation for Victoria's screen industries.
Josh Gordon 3:22 PM Victoria's $4 billion desalination plant could be switched on for the first time as parts of the state experience the driest conditions on record.
Adam Cooper 3:04 PM An inquest will probe the death of a 10-month-old baby whose parents found her limp and struggling to breathe after leaving her in the care of a babysitter.
MARK RUSSELL 2:43 PM A former Melbourne Grammar student was so psychotic before he killed a homeless man that he had an eye tattooed on the back of his head marking the spot where he believed he would be shot, a court has heard.
Tom Cowie 2:28 PM The rain radar is designed to reflect off rain droplets, but on Tuesday it showed pluming ash clouds.
Adam Cooper 1:43 PM A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man whose body was found on a Melbourne road last week.
Marissa Calligeros 1:06 PM Lancefield residents are fuming that the state government went ahead with a burn-off despite forecasts of high fire-danger weather.
Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.
Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.
Meet Daniel Andrews, the premier salesman trying to spruik Victoria on the world stage.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union's march towards industrial action is not an isolated movement.
Our intake of Syrian refugees is not generous by world standards. Australia should double its intake.
Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.
Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.
Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.
Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.
We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.