Australia Post will start delivering on the weekend to keep up with the increased amount of online shopping orders in the lead-up to Christmas.
From this weekend, posties will be out and about in all major capitals as well as some regional cities and towns.
Last December, a whopping 52 million parcels were delivered, with Australia Post expecting another huge peak season ahead especially ahead of online sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Australia Post Executive General Manager Parcel, Post and eCommerce Services, Gary Starr, says weekend deliveries are extremely important to help ensure parcels arrive in time this festive season.
“We’ve been preparing for another big sales and festive season, including recruiting thousands of additional team members, and giving customers more convenient delivery options, such as the opportunity to collect missed deliveries from free 24/7 Australia Post Parcel Lockers instead of the Post Office,” Mr Starr says,
“As the sales events ramp up and online shopping surges in the lead up to Christmas, our temporary Saturday and Sunday service is just another way we are supporting our customers at the busiest time of the year.”
Weekend deliveries will remain in place up until Christmas, depending on volumes.
To give items the best chance of arriving on time, parcels should be sent by Monday 18 December for most destinations within Australia, or if sending via Express Post by Thursday 21 December.
People sending to or from Western Australia and Northern Territory should allow a few extra days.