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Australia Post cut-off dates you need to know for Christmas card and parcel deliveries

Australia Post cut-off dates you need to know for Christmas card and parcel deliveries

With only a few sleeps left till Christmas, Australia Post is busy sending last-minute cards and gifts to loved ones who live interstate or overseas.

But while those working for the delivery service are working round-the-clock to make sure packages are being delivered on time, it is important for those sending parcels to plan ahead.

In the lead up to Christmas, Australia Post will be delivering two million packages every day, and these weeks are considered the busiest of the year.

Which is why Australia Post’s group chief operating officer Bob Black is advising those who plan to send gifts through the mail to get in as early as you can.

“If you’re sending within Australia using regular mail, post your Christmas gifts before Monday, December 17, but if you’ve got a last minute gift, you can send your presents through our Express Post network as we will be delivering right up to Christmas Eve,” Mr Black told

“The absolute latest you can send your parcel through our Express Post network for guaranteed next day delivery, which covers over nine million addresses, is Friday, December 21 – but check your address is covered first.

“If you have loved ones overseas, we work with a host of international mail carriers to make international sending easy. To check the different delivery options and prices, talk to us in store or visit our website.”

Mr Black also revealed that employees at Australia Post are “working around the clock” to make sure Christmas deliveries are sent out on time, with extended trading hours and weekend deliveries happening right up till Christmas Day.

He went on to share his advice on making sure your package arrives safe and sound to the intended recipient.

“When sending your gifts, make sure you use enough padding, that your recipient’s address if bold and clear, and you have included your return details,” said Mr Black.

“If you’re posting something valuable, customers can choose to have their items sent with Signature On Delivery or take out insurance from $2.

“For customers on the move this Christmas, you can sign up for free to MyPost Deliveries and have parcels sent to a 24/7 parcel locker or a post office that’s more convenient for you.

“We are here to help, so if you’re not sure how to best send your gifts, please talk to our team in-store and take a look at our range of mailing boxes, mailing tubes and satchels.”

Mr Black also reminded children to send their letters to Santa as soon as possible, as time was running out.

“If you have loved ones writing to Santa, make sure you write your name and address on the back of the envelope and send your completed letters to Santa, North Pole, 9999,” he said.

“So Santa can reply before the big day, we ask families to lodge their letters before Friday, December 14.”