Australia Post's warning before 'record-breaking' Christmas

Yahoo News Staff
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Australia Post is urging Australians to get their Christmas parcels sent as soon as possible as it braces for a record year of business.

A surge in online shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic combined with upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales is expected to see millions of parcels sent across the country.

In preparation for the rush, Australia Post has revealed its cut-off dates to ensure Christmas presents arrive ahead of December 25.

Australians have been warned to send off their Christmas deliveries soon. Source: AAP
Australians have been warned to send off their Christmas deliveries soon. Source: AAP

Domestic post will need to be sent by December 12 and express post will buy a few extra days, with post to be sent off by December 19.

Australia Post General Manager Post Office Network David McNamara told Nine the company had this year seen its higher volume of online shopping.

“With more households shopping online than ever before, we expect this Christmas season to be record-breaking,” he told the network.

Mr McNamara said items sent after the cut-off dates would be delivered as quickly as possible, however they might not reach their destination in time for Christmas.

The postal system will experience its highest demand in history this year. Source: AAP
The postal system will experience its highest demand in history this year. Source: AAP

Hundreds of post offices across the country will extend their hours between November 28 and December 23 to help cope with the mammoth demand.

At least 190 offices in NSW alone will be open for longer hours, as well as more than 300 others in other parts of Australia.

Australia Post is also in the process of hiring an additional 4000 people in preparation for the Christmas rush - its biggest recruitment in its 210-year history.

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