Australia Post Adopts New Delivery Schedule

Australia Post announced today a significant overhaul in its delivery schedule, implementing a new system where regular letters will only be delivered every second business day. 

This move comes as Australia Post aims to adapt to evolving consumer behaviours, with a staggering decline in letter volumes observed over the past decade. 

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From Monday, delivery times for ordinary letters will be extended by one business day, affecting intrastate and interstate correspondences.

Under the new change, letter delivery times will be four or five business days, depending on the location, and six to eight business days for interstate letters. 

Despite these changes, the postal service says it will maintain a minimum presence nationally, and in rural, regional, and remote areas, it remains unchanged.

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Concurrently, Australia Post announced an increase in the price of ordinary letter stamps from $1.20 to $1.50, alongside a hike in large letter stamps from $3.60 to $4.50. 

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said these changes were necessary to modernise Australia Post and ensure its financial sustainability. 

“Changes reflect the way Australians now interact with Australia Post, and will help improve the company’s financial sustainability,” Ms Rowland said.

Trials of the revised delivery schedule yielded promising results, with postal workers able to handle 20 per cent more parcels during each delivery.

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