The Australian state postal company details that the volume of letters has been reduced by almost 70% in the last 15 years. The business will improve the shipping and delivery of packages, which, on the contrary, are growing.
The Australian Postal Service announced this Wednesday the end of daily mail delivery, whose number has fallen by almost 70% in the last 15 years, as part of a series of reforms aimed at modernizing the public company and helping it to be more profitable.
Australia Post noted that letters will be sent instead every “two business days at 98% of locations, while delivery of packages will continue with daily frequency.
The reform, announced today in a joint statement by the Ministries of Communications and Finance, will be implemented in the next 12 months, along with other changes to increase the number of parcel collection points.
The Australian government justified the move by pointing out that since its highest peak in 2008, the number of letters has been reduced by two-thirds while the number of parcels has increased.
Between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022 (the period included in the Australian fiscal year), Australia Post delivered almost 500 million packages—about 20 packages per person per year—while each household receives an average of two letters per week.
“In an environment where customers are sending fewer letters and more parcels, it’s important that Australia Post’s business structure reflects the needs of the modern Australian consumer,” Finance Minister Katy Gallagher said.
During a series of tests of these changes, which were approved by the unions, the company found that they allowed workers to carry up to 20% more packages and make deliveries in 10% multiple locations.
“These new processes mean Australia Post will continue to provide the high-quality mail service that many Australians rely on while growing a prosperous parcel business for the benefit of consumers, small businesses, and their own staff,” said Communications Minister Michelle Rowland.
Australia Post It is owned by the state but is self-financed and must generate a financial return.
However, in the last financial year, the company recorded a loss of 200 million Australian dollars (more than 131 million US dollars), the second annual loss in more than 30 years.