Worried you’ve left it too late? Christmas postage dates you need to know

Dec 03, 2019
Make sure you don't leave it too late to send any Christmas cards and gifts. Source: Getty.

There are just 22 more sleeps to go until Christmas Day and if you’re one of many Australians who are yet to send their Christmas cards and gifts to loved ones across the country, or perhaps even further afield, then time is running out to make sure your parcels arrive in time for December 25.

Perhaps you were biding your time to make the most of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that have just swept the nation, or maybe you have just been too busy this year and time has simply gotten away from you. No matter the reason, if you are worried about the cut-off dates for sending parcels then we’ve pulled together all of the dates you need to know.

Here are the deadlines for postal services, whether you are sending domestic mail to friends and family who live close by, or loved ones who have settled overseas.

Australia Post

If, like the majority of Aussies, you are relying on Australia Post to get your parcel or letter to its destination on time, then you may still have a few weeks to go before you need to panic about delivery deadlines, providing the recipient also resides Down Under.

According to Australia Post’s website, the deadline for domestic standard postal services is December 18, while the deadline for domestic express post is as late as December 23.

However if you are sending Christmas gifts or cards overseas then, for most countries, the deadlines are; Tuesday December 3 for economy air, Tuesday December 10 for standard international mail and Tuesday December 17 for express international mail.


ParcelMate is a brand new service being offered by 7-Eleven at select stores across the country. All you have to do is visit your nearest participating store – all of which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and locate the ParcelMate lockers. The locker will tell you whether there is any availability to send your parcel at that store.

You can then choose from two satchel sizes; 1kg or 3kg, and two postage speeds; standard or express, and prices vary from $11 to $17.

Once you’ve filled in all of the details required and paid for the parcel at the store counter, you simply lock your parcel in the vacant locker and press ‘send’. It will then be collected by a Toll delivery driver.

However, if you feel like trying this new service, you should be aware that it is only currently available Australia-wide and cannot be used to send parcels outside of the country.


Another postal option is Sendle. If you haven’t heard of the company before, it is an Australian company that aims to make delivery simpler for small businesses. Describing themselves as “simple, reliable and affordable”, Sendle is also Australia’s first ever 100 per cent carbon neutral delivery service. If you run or work for a small business, you could utilise Sendle’s services this Christmas, however their deadlines are slightly earlier than those offered by Australia Post.

For long-haul domestic deliveries, parcels must be sent by December 10, whereas short-haul domestic post can be sent up until December 16. And for deliveries within the same city, you have until December 18 to send your parcel.

If you are hoping to use Sendle for overseas delivery then the deadlines are as follows:

  • Zone 1 – New Zealand – December 12
  • Zone 2 – North America, UK, and Europe – December 11
  • Zone 2 – South Pacific and Asia – December 4
  • Zone 3 – Rest of World -December 4

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