Let The ACCC Know What You Think About Postage Increases

Let The ACCC Know What You Think About Postage Increases
Australia Post wants to put up the price of stamps to 60 cents, but if you think that’s a rort, you can offer your insight direct to the competition regulator.

The ACCC is running an enquiry into the proposed increase, and you have until September 18 to offer your thoughts. How much influence any one individual has is open to question, but if you don’t offer your five cents worth, you can’t complain, can you?

ACCC seeks comment on proposed increases in postage prices [ACCC]


  • I will gladly accept a postage increase to 60c on once condition: Australia Post shops will then be banned from selling all NON-Post related goods.

    No more gift shop items, no more prepaid mobiles, no more printers, no more ink. A few basic stationery items would be fine (as as long as they relate to post i.e. Pens & pencils not binders & CDs.

    I’m 50/50 on bill payment @ post too. I would like it to be scrapped in the age of internet/phone billing. But at the same time it is useful for pensioners etc to pay their bills there.

    Basically too much of the post shops time is spent serving customers an office store or a news agent would be better served by. Why should I have to wait in line half an hour to collect my PO Box mail because the cashiers are explaining prepaid mobiles to a customer.

  • Yes its sucks that the prices are going up but Aust post has no competition, they can charge what they want. If competition was there it would drive the price down but there is none. Courier’s are a totally different beast focusing on large parcels where the real money is so they are not going to bother with the small letters and drop to every house daily Maybe it should have never been privatised? Interestingly however when you compare Aust post’s parcel prices (including the tracking option and insurance) to that of the courier’s, Aust posts prices are quite reasonable.
    Id also like to ask a question about Internet providers, why do we have down load limits on all the major usage providers here in Australia when many parts of the world have none?
    Isn’t that an obvious “cartel arrangement” between the big boys and what the accc was set up to watch dog for and go after?

  • Yeah I gotta say that a 5c increase to 60c isn’t too bad an increase considering that it was under 50c for the better part of 40 years.

    And when you think about it, with email and other methods of more instant communication they probably deliver less letters these days for a greater cost, so we should be glad they aren’t charging us $1 or more.

  • The point is that large volumes from businesses is moving away from domestic postage and now Australia Post needs a way to make up for it.

    This is because big Companies like Telstra would like to “save the environment” by charging us $2 to post a printed bill in the mail OR to avoid this charge, get people to receive electronic versions instead.

    I say if it costs Telstra $2 for a printed and posted bill, how about subtract $2 from my monthly bill instead? Three Mobile are doing the same with printed bills.

  • I have long dispensed with the need for the postal service, (albeit I still seem to get a mailbox full of unwanted trash every day). emails will send anything at all you’d normally send by snail-mail, anything else you’d probably send by office courier, which are becoming more and more competitive with AustPost.

    basically, I couldn’t give a flying fork what they increase their prices to — they’re all but redundant, aside from little old ladies who can’t understand modern technology.

    I do happen to use their outlets once in a while, but only I if need a cheap printer/cartridge/gift card and don’t want to drive further to officeworks / mall to buy one.

  • It is always amusing how the media jumps on the slightest increase of services such as Australia Post. Why do they pay scant attention to supermarkets and their far greater weekly (not yearly) increases on basic items? Our city paper makes a great point of highlighting Australia Post’s suggested increases (or those of other utilities). Yet, whenever they choose to increase the price of the daily paper, they “hide” the fact away in a very small item on say page three or four – no great headlines announce their exorbitant increase. Now Lifehacker is highlighting the fact of an increase by Australia Post, too – shame on you! Will we now be reading similar reports in Lifehacker of the increase of prices in Woolworths, Coles and other supermarkets? Or the exorbitant regular increases in prices of newspapers and magazines? I think not. Stick to technology and leave price checks to other forums.

    • First and foremost, judging by the comments (both pro and con) it’s clear that the topic is of interest to Lifehacker readers. We regularly cover issues relating to communication and saving money. Why should we be “shamed” for reporting something that Australia Post itself put out an announcement about and which the ACCC is seeking comments about?

      Because the postage price is regulated, there’s an opportunity to discuss it and comment on it (as this item points out), which simply doesn’t exist for other services. Don’t like an overpriced magazine? Don’t buy it. Need to send a letter? Your choices are pretty minimal, and are restricted by law — and the flipside of that is that changes get discussed more widely.

  • Auspost does less business since we do more emailing. Just think of how many letters were not sent in the last ten years because of emailing. And therefore how much less income for auspost.
    Yet snail mailing is still essential. We still need it to get that tech gadget we bought on ebay. we should gladly agree to this small increase to keep an essential service going.

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