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Australia Post’s Christmas delivery warning: ‘You have until Monday’

An Australia Post van.
Australia Post has warned Aussies to get their parcels posted by a specific date to guarantee delivery by Christmas. (Source: Getty)

Australia Post has reminded Aussies to get their parcels in the post before Monday, December 19, or risk them not arriving in time for Christmas.

In fact, it is already too late if you’re planning to send your parcels by standard post. The December 19 cutoff is for Express Post only for most locations.

However, if you live in Western Australia or the Northern Territory, you have to get your Express Post parcels in by tomorrow - December 14.

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If you’re planning to send a heartfelt Christmas card, you have until Monday, December 19 if sending within the same state or territory. If sending interstate, get it in the post by Thursday, December 15 to arrive before Christmas Day.

Australia Post executive general manager customer and commercial Gary Starr said the postal service delivered 52 million parcels last December, for the second year in a row, and early indications were that 2022 would be another huge year.

“Many customers have already taken advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday for their Christmas shopping. The earlier you can get it done the better, to ensure all parcels make it under your Christmas tree on time,” Starr said.

“For those who are still finalising their gifts, we’ll continue to do our best to ensure deliveries arrive quickly and safely. We’re adding more capacity to our workforce, more delivery vehicles and more freighter aircraft. We’re also extending our deliveries into Saturdays and later hours during weekdays.

“We’ve handled significant volumes at this time of year before and we’ve been preparing all year for another big Christmas to ensure things run as smoothly as possible. If you miss the deadlines, we will still do our very best to get those presents delivered in time, but it’s important to know that they may not arrive until after Christmas.”

What if I miss the delivery deadline?

If you miss the December 19 deadline and still want to make sure you get deliveries in time for Christmas, Amazon Australia has stepped in.

The e-commerce giant announced Aussies could make orders up until the day before Christmas eve and still expect the delivery to arrive on time to be under the tree.

Amazon Australia operations director Mindy Espidio-Garcia said consumers in some cities would be able to order gifts as late as two days before Christmas.

"This year, we are pleased to offer most Australians the ability to purchase and receive gifts with us through the week of Christmas," Espidio-Garcia said.

"However, the golden rule is always to confirm the estimated delivery date for your order before you check out."

Amazon customers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong will be able to use the offer.

Customers in Perth will have to finalise their orders for Christmas deliveries by December 21.

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