With parcel volumes already setting records in 2021, Australia Post wants you to start thinking about Christmas deliveries now.
The company is expecting its busiest-ever festive season this year with more than 52 million parcels expected to go through the mail system and as such as released the key dates to get your goods in the mail.
For those sending parcels, the key date to remember is Monday, December 13 for Parcel Post sends and the following Monday, December 20 for Express Post mail.
For some locations, including Perth, Darwin and outside of metro areas, Australia Post recommends sending earlier and to checking the Australia Post website for details.
Christmas cards should be sent by Thursday, December 16, and customers sending overseas are encouraged to do so as soon as possible as cut-off dates vary depending on the destination.
Australia Post executive general manager, business and government Gary Starr said preparations for the peak season were already well underway, including recruiting a record more than 4000 Christmas casual team members.
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"We're seeing record parcel volumes with more than 5.9 million households shopping online a month - that's more than half of all Australian households, and it's showing no signs of slowing as we head into the online sales season and Christmas," Mr Starr said.
"That is why we've planned ahead with extra air freight capacity, weekend deliveries and recruitment of thousands of new team members to ramp up our delivery services, parcel sorting and customer care, and we'll be delivering right up until Christmas Eve.
"We encourage people to make a note of these important delivery dates, because although we'll deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as we can, they may not arrive until after Christmas."
The Australia Post app the best way to keep across deliveries, choose the best place to receive parcels, and to stay updated about impacts to the network.
For more information visit auspost.com.au/sending/christmas-sending-dates