Postal services

Assessing cross-subsidy in Australia Post 2014-15

Presents the results of the ACCC’s cross-subsidy analysis based on Australia Post’s regulatory accounts for the 2014–15 financial year.

ACCC does not object to draft proposal from Australia Post for a $1 stamp price

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued its view not to object to a draft proposal from Australia Post to introduce a basic postage rate of $1.

Australia Post is proposing to introduce a basic postage rate (BPR) of $1 for letters delivered on a new timetable, which allows an extra two business days for delivery to occur. Australia Post plans to introduce the new BPR in January 2016.

Australia Post is not proposing to increase the price of concession stamps or stamps for seasonal greeting cards.

ACCC view

The ACCC released its view not objecting to Australia Post's proposed price increases on 27 November 2015.

As part of its assessment the ACCC engaged Wik Consult to review Australia Post’s cost allocation methodology and benchmark Australia Post’s business reform program against overseas postal operators that have experienced declining mail volumes.

ACCC releases Issues Paper on price increases proposed by Australia Post

On 28 August 2015, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that it had received a draft proposal by Australia Post to increase the prices of its ordinary letter service.

Australia Post is proposing to introduce a basic postage rate of $1 for letters delivered at a new timetable, which allows an extra two business days for delivery to occur.

The ACCC is now releasing an Issues paper to identify issues on which the ACCC is seeking stakeholder views.

Issues paper

The ACCC released an issues paper seeking submissions from interested parties on Australia Post's proposal on 4 September 2015. The closing date for submissions in response to the ACCC's issues paper is Thursday 15 October 2015.

Australia Post lodges notification of price increase for letter services with ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will assess a draft proposal lodged by Australia Post to increase the price of its ordinary letter services, including stamps.

Australia Post is proposing to introduce a basic postage rate of $1 for letters delivered at a new timetable, which allows up to an extra two business days for delivery to occur. Postage stamps for letters delivered at the current timetable cost 70 cents.

Draft price notification

Australia Post has provided the ACCC with a draft price notification proposing to increase the basic postage rate from 70 cents to $1 and increase the prices of large ordinary letters delivered at the ‘regular’ timetable proportionately. The changes would become effective on 4 January 2016.