A letter takes six days but we can get baby formula to China pronto! 186



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Does Australia Post actually want the business of ordinary Australians? It’s recent actions would suggest otherwise.

The embattled service will raise the cost of stamps to a whopping $1 from January next year, which is understandable considering fewer people are sending letters. But today there are reports that it will take six days for a letter to reach its destination here in Australia, despite the price hike.

The Daily Mail reports that, as of next year, Australian Post is offering three ways to ship letters and parcels – express, priority and regular.

Express mail, which aims for next day delivery, costs $5.75; Priority mail will cost $1.50 and can take four days, and a regular $1 stamp will take up to six days. If you need to get something to the recipient in less than six days, you are required to buy a $1 stamp and 50c priority label.

This news comes on the heels of another big revelation from Australia Post – it is working with the makers of Australian infant and toddler formulas to provide a “retail bundled offer” for customers who want to send multiple tins of the baby milk over to China, reports the Herald Sun.


This is an interesting move considering the public outrage at shortages of baby formula in Australian supermarkets. Local and foreign brands are being bought for up to $150 per tin, and people are buying in bulk from the supermarkets, then making a profit sending them to China.

Some supermakets have put restrictions on the number of tins people can buy at once, and there have been calls for the government to restrict the shipping of formula overseas, but that hasn’t deterred Australian Post in seeing a good way to make a buck.

Do they actually want everyday Australians as customers? As the Daily Mail put it in it’s headline – we might be better off sending post by courier pigeon.



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  1. I was wondering if they are deliberately slowing up normal delivery times so people will pay the higher rate for priority?

  2. All i know is recent letters have taken four to six days to get to people i have written to recently and parcels at least a week with a very high postage price for such a small light parcel.

  3. Seem to be a couple of separate issues in this mix. The first one the baby food issue is surely an issue The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading should be dealing with through some form of export legislation? The second – the cost and speed of postal services – is already so complex it nearly takes a university degree to decide the most effective post to use. I had the pre-Christmas experience of trying to decide the best and most cost effective way of posting a variety of letters, cards and parcels to various parts of Australia and the world and at one stage got to the point that I almost decided to give up, until rescued by a postal emplyee who helped me wade through my options. I am unhappy about the rising costs but I guess this is the price we pay for the increasing use of technology in our communications with family and friends(the internet etc).

  4. I posted a parcel for Christmas for my special friend in Perth on the 2nd December not there yet rang Australia post train derailment so mail is still sitting on the train .. My question is where are the Australia post vehicles to go and collect it from the train not happy 😡😡😡

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    • That must be the derailment out in the middle of the Nullabor. Can’t remember exactly where but I ready about it on a railway forum.

    • AustPost is already doing this and have all week they have drivers doing 2 ups in B Doubles but also these drivers have a 55 hour Drive ahead of them there are many dedicated employees of post doing the best they can do for customers

    • Laurie Lynch some people just love to complain too. What business doesn’t get it wrong sometimes?. I can understand people being upset with their Christmas gifts not getting there. Have they checked the price of private courier? I did once and decided to stick with Aussie Post and they all got there safely and in time. Talk about The Christmas Grinches, they’re all alive and kicking throughout the entire year,’

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      • I am so pleased to see some balance in the comments here on Australia Post. I am aware there are some difficulties, as with every business, but it would be good to hear all the incredible stories of how some mail gets to people even though the addresses are so badly done. For instance a letter addressed to Nan (no name or address) c/- Post Office and the dedication it took over a week, with numerous questions, looking at the post mark to try and work out who in the area might have a relative from that area and eventually, through good detective work, to find out who Nan was and get that letter delivered. This letter was obviously from a younger person and beautifully decorated with a lot of love (no return address) so rather than let it go to dead letters and never be delivered the effort was taken and yes, the letter was delivered to a grateful Nan. These sorts of stories happen every day at Australia Post and rarely get told or appreciated.

    • There are many things that delay the Mail too numerous to mention before you complain just give it a bit of thought

  5. This is the worst managed business in Australia and yet they get away with charging us more for giving us even worse service. When is the government going to do something about this disgusting turn of events

  6. If more people sent letters then they would be cheaper per letter.
    I think most of their costs are fixed costs and dont vary much according to usage.
    So less usage more expensive per article.
    More usage less expensive per article.

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