Australia Post set to deliver change to prices and time
SOUTHERN Downs residents can expect their mail to take longer and cost more this year, with reforms to the postage system coming into effect from today.
Australia Post now offers three different delivery speeds, ranging from next business day delivery to six business days depending on locations.
The basic postage rates have also increased, with the general rate increasing from 70 cents to $1.
Australia Post said the concession stamp rate of 60 cents will remain available to eligible Australians, with Christmas cards also remaining at 65 cents.
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Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and Group CEO said in November steps were critical in letters reform.
"We have now secured the two reforms essential to ensuring a sustainable letters service - for our people, our customers and the community," Mr Fahour said.
"The decision by the ACCC to not object will allow Australia Post to continue to support over 4000 Post Offices which provide an excellent service to the Australian community.
"Post Office licensees will receive, on average, a $25,000 boost per annum, which is part of the additional $125 million increase in annual payments that Australia Post has committed to for the Licensee network.
"It will also allow Australia Post to recover more of the cost of the service while maintaining five-day a week delivery and continuing to meet our important Community Service Obligations," he said.
The priority service will deliver letters within one to four business days depending on the location.
Regular service delivery will take up to two business days longer than the priority service.
Customers will need to purchase a priority label from their local Post Office or online and place it next to the regular postage stamp for faster delivery.
For more information visit www.auspost.com.au.