The following websites may be useful when researching a news story:
The ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) is Australia's official national statistical agency. Their website provides access to key statistics on topics including the economy, environment & energy, industry, people and regional.
The ABS Media Centre is a great resource for journalists with links to key statistics, media releases and information to assist in the interpretation and reporting of statistics.
Try these Library databases for access to news and newspapers (RMIT username/password required):