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Hours left: Aussies reminded of AusPost Christmas deadline

Lucy Dean
·2-min read
Santa putting letter in Australia Post box
It's crunch time, ladies and gentlemen. Image: Getty

Australian shoppers have until Saturday 19 December to get their parcels in for delivery by Christmas, Australia Post has said.

The postal service predicts it will deliver more than 12 million parcels in the week before Christmas, after online purchases soared 42 per cent in the first week of December.

“This is the biggest Christmas we’ll deliver in our history and after such a challenging year, we want to make sure it’s a great one,” Australia Post executive general manager deliveries Rod Barnes said.

“The recommended posting date for Parcel Post was last Saturday 12 December so, for anyone still looking for that perfect gift, posting it by Express Post no later than this Saturday, 19 December will give it the best chance of it being under the tree on Christmas Day – just check that your delivery address is covered first.”

He said Australia Post is the best-equipped it has ever been to deliver Christmas presents by 25 December, after taking on an additional 5,000 workers.

Additionally, the lifting of border restrictions has meant Australia Post has been able to use space on domestic flights, and Australia Post has 18 dedicated freighters.

“We’ve got more vehicles on the road delivering on the weekend and completing twilight deliveries up until 8pm when and where we need to, right up until Christmas Eve,” Barnes said.

“It’s important customers know that parcels sent after Saturday will still be delivered as quickly as possible, but they may not arrive until after Christmas.”

Have I missed the Christmas delivery boat for Australia Post?

Aussies looking to send gifts overseas, have unfortunately probably missed the deadline.

Australia post said those sending parcels overseas needed to have them in by 2 December at the latest.

Australia Post international delivery deadlines.
Australia Post international delivery deadlines.

However, people sending letters will have standard delivery times, which is up to five business days within the same state for standard delivery.

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