Postal services

The ACCC has three key responsibilities in the regulation of postal services. We assess notifications of proposed price increases for Australia Post’s reserved services, inquire into disputes about the terms and conditions on which Australia Post provides bulk mail services, and monitor for cross-subsidy between reserved and non-reserved services.

Projects

Title Type Status
Australia Post - letter pricing 2014 Price notification Finalised
20 February 2014
Application by Australia Post for increases in ordinary letter prices 2014.

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Inquiries into disputes about bulk mail services Guideline Ongoing
14/12/2012
Regulations made under section 32B of the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 allow the ACCC to inquire into disputes about the terms and conditions, including price of access to Australia Post’s bulk mail services.

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Business letter pricing 2011 Price notification Finalised
2011
On 25 January 2011, Australia Post provided the ACCC with a draft price notification proposing to increase the prices of a number of its reserved services, to become effective on 4 July 2011. The ACCC has decided to not object to the price increases in Australia Post’s price notification.

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Letter pricing 2010 Price notification Finalised
2010
On 1 April 2010, Australia Post provided a price notification proposing an increase in the basic postage rate (BPR) from 55 cents to 60 cents.

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Letter pricing 2009 Price notification Finalised
2009
On 24 July 2009, Australia Post provided the ACCC with a draft price notification which proposed an increase in the basic postage rate (BPR) from 55 cents to 60 cents.

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Letter pricing 2008 Price notification Finalised
2008
On 5 February 2008, Australia Post provided the ACCC with a draft price notification which proposed an increase in the basic postage rate (BPR) from 50 to 55 cents.

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Record keeping rules for Australia Post Guideline Finalised
November 2006
Part 4A of the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 allows the ACCC to issue record keeping rules to Australia Post.

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Impact mail 2004 Price notification Finalised
2004
On 24 September 2004 Australia Post lodged a formal price notification under subsection 95Z(5) of the Trade Practices Act 1974, known as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 from 1 January 2011.

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