From 31 March, the price of standard postage stamps in Australia will rise to 70 cents. (Read our original coverage here.) Some people will be exempt from the increase and can continue to pay 60 cents by setting up a MyPost Concession account. Here's everything you need to qualify, along with some restrictions to be aware of.
According to Australia Post, approximately 5.7 million Australians will be eligible for a MyPost Concession card. In addition to 60 cent stamps, card holders will also receive concession rates on Mail Hold and Mail Redirection services and a digital mailbox which allows users to pay bills and communicate with selected providers.
To qualify for a MyPost Concession account, a customer needs to hold one of the following concession cards issued by the Federal Government:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Health Care Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card
- Dept of Veteran’s Affairs Card
- Veteran’s Repatriation Health Card
Annoyingly, simply owning one of the above concession cards isn't enough: you need to actively register to the service. The reason for this is that Australia Post needs an easy way to keep track of stamp purchases. Eligible customers who fail to apply for a MyPost Concession card will not receive the stamp discount.
To register for a MyPost Concession card, head to Australia Post's MyPost Concession page and follow the prompts. You can also fill out the application form in person at your closest post office.
If your application is successful, you'll receive a free booklet of five stamps and a MyPost concession card within 14 days. You'll need to present this card at the post office each time you purchase a concession stamp.
It's worth noting that MyPost Concession posters can only purchase a maximum of 50 concession stamps per year. Naturally, the stamps can only be used for domestic letters and are not valid for parcels or international services.
As you'd expect, it's against the rules to use a MyPost Concession Account or MyPost Concession Card that doesn't belong to you. Australia Post reserves the right to terminate the card holder's account if the terms and conditions have been violated. In other words, don't lend it out to your grand kids.