Australia Post is raising the cost of shipping a letter from $1 to $1.10 for standard letters. For an economy class letter, this adds up to about 23 cents (20 pence). For a registered letter, it's 35 cents (30 pence). The fee will take effect on July 1st.
The price of first-class stamps has also been increased, by 2 cents (17 pence) for an ordinary-size postcard and 7 cents (55 pence) for a large card. These increases will come into effect on June 30th.
What does this mean for you? It means that instead of getting a standard-sized postcard when you order something through the mail, you'll now get a slightly larger one for free. The increase in the price of first-class stamps will not affect any other type of mailing.
In addition to the fee that ships cover themselves, Australian postal services charge an additional fee for items which need to be weighed like packages and magazines. This can add up quickly if you're sending lots of small items.
Australian postal services are moving away from covering the cost of shipping to focusing on charging for their service.
Regular mail has increased in price from 70 cents to $1, while concession cardholders can still get stamps for 60 cents. According to Australia Post spokesman Michelle Skehan, the adjustments come after the number of stamp letters dropped by more than 10% last year.
Concession cards are available to people with disability or age 65 and over. They also receive 25 cents off each letter sent with regular postage.
Stamps can be bought at post offices, Australia Post stores and online at auspost.com.au. Convenience store chains such as 7-Eleven offer a range of products including stamps at low prices.
Australia Post uses the revenue generated by postage fees to fund its operations and corporate social responsibility programs. It has donated money to support victims of disasters such as cyclones and earthquakes, and organizations that provide care for children with disabilities, elderly people who live alone and families who have been affected by death or illness.
In 2014, Australia Post employed 8,500 people. Of these, 7,000 were based outside Sydney and Melbourne, where most of the company's offices are located. The remaining 1,500 employees were located in those cities.
Australia Post was established in 1821 by King George IV to help connect rural areas with markets and friends.
From the end of this month, Australia Post will raise the cost of foreign deliveries. Letters will cost 20 cents more as a result of the parcel price increase, with economy air packages costing $2 more. Australia Post stated on its website that the adjustments would take effect on September 30, 2019.
In addition to these price increases, letters sent by standard post will fall into separate zones from those sent by express post. This means that only letters under 2kg (4.5 lbs) will be delivered by first class post and prices for these letters will rise by 15 cents. All other letter sizes will continue to be priced according to weight.
The cost of sending an email has not changed. It remains at $1.15 for the entire world. The price includes writing on both sides of the page and covers the cost of sending information across six continents.
Email is a much cheaper way of communicating than regular post. However, while you can send emails anywhere in the world, not all countries have easy access to international networks so may not be able to read your messages. In addition, while most countries allow their citizens to send emails anonymously, this cannot always be guaranteed so you should consider this before sending personal messages via email.
If the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accepts the Australia Post proposal, from January 1, posting a letter within Australia will cost $1.10 instead of $1. If the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accepts it, posting a letter within Australia will cost $1.10 instead of $1. Stamp costs will rise for the first time in four years, when they increased from 70 cents to $1.10.
The decision on whether or not to accept Australia Post's proposal will be made by the ACCC by mid-November 2015. If accepted, the change would take effect from January 1, 2016.
Stamps can be used from December 31, 2015 until at least February 28, 2016 to post Christmas letters. After this date, they will no longer be valid for posting letters.
Australia Post offers a stamp for every day of the year, except for some public holidays such as Australia Day (January 26), Labor Day (May 1), Good Friday (March 44), Easter Monday (April 12), Anzac Day (April 25), Queen's Birthday (June 2), Father's Day (June 14), National Day (August 17), Schoolies Week (August 17-23), Autumnal Equinox (September 23), Ocktoberfest (October 1), Guy Fawkes Night (5 November), Christmas (December 25).
There are three types of postage stamps: standard, definitive, and commemorative.