Amending the Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Regulations 2019

We want to hear from interested parties about the draft Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Regulations 2019 (the draft Regulations). The draft Regulations will replace the current Regulations to give effect to a recent Australian Government decision to modernise Australia Post.

Why we want your input

We want your input to ensure the draft Regulations will help deliver the reforms to modernise Australia Post announced by the Australian Government on 6 December 2023.

How you can voice your opinion

You can submit responses to this consultation up until 29 February 2024, by uploading your submission or comments on this page or by emailing postalconsultation@infrastructure.gov.au. Interested parties should refer to the draft Regulations and Fact Sheet available below.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your comments will help us determine whether the draft Regulations are fit-for-purpose and support the Australian Government’s reforms to modernise Australia Post.

The Issue

The Performance Standards Regulations are made under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989. The Performance Standards Regulations prescribe performance standards that Australia Post must meet regarding the:

  • frequency, speed and accuracy of mail delivery, and
  • availability and accessibility of post-boxes and other mail lodgement points, and retail outlets from which Australia Post products or services may be purchased.

On 6 December 2023, the Government announced reforms to enable Australia Post to boost productivity, increase its focus on parcels, and improve long-term financial sustainability.

The implementation of key elements of the reform package require that the Regulations be amended to:

  • change the performance standards that Australia Post is required to meet regarding the frequency and speed of mail delivery,
  • deregulate the Priority Mail service, and
  • update the geographic classification used in the performance standards for retail outlets.

The draft Regulations were developed having regard to views expressed during previous consultation undertaken between 2 March and 27 April 2023.

Relevant documentation

The current Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Regulations 2019 are available at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/F2019L00123/latest/details

Participate

02 Feb 2024 09:00 AEDT
29 Feb 2024 17:00 AEDT
Open
days remaining 2 of 27

We invite your views on the Draft Regulations.

Please include:

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Comments can also be made:

  • By email to postalconsultation@infrastructure.gov.au
  • By mail to:
    Director, Postal Policy
    Post, International Telecommunications and ACMA Branch
    Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
    GPO Box 594
    CANBERRA ACT 2601

Comments must be received by 5:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time, 29 February 2024.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

The department is collecting information for the purposes of amending the Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Regulations 2019, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with amending the Regulations and will store this information securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the review.
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