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The huge change to Australia Post that will affect online shoppers

Australia Post has announced a temporary pause of collections from online retailers, which will impact three Covid-hit regions in Australia.

On Wednesday, the postal service released a statement saying Parcel Post collections from eCommerce retailers will be paused in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

The pause will be temporary and run from 7am on Saturday, September 4 until 7am on Tuesday, September 7.

Collections in other states and territories will not be impacted.

Australia post will temporarily pause Parcel Post collections from eCommerce retailers. Source: AAP
Australia post will temporarily pause Parcel Post collections from eCommerce retailers. Source: AAP

"This temporary measure will allow us to responsibly clear record parcel volumes in parts of our network impacted by COVID-19," Australia Post said in the statement.

"The safety of our people is our highest priority, and this will help ensure volumes are kept to a safe and manageable level. Our team will continue with processing across the weekend in these areas."

Express Post, Premium and Startrack Express services, and collections from Post Offices and SPB’s will not be affected during the pause.

Australia Post will continue to "deliver record amounts of parcels to Australians", including on the weekend, and post officers will remain open.

"We apologise for the inconvenience," Australia Post said.

The news of the temporary pause comes after Australia Post reported a before-tax full-year profit of $100.7 million amid strong growth in its parcel business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Overall group revenue for the 2020/21 financial year was up 10.3 per cent to $8.27 billion, while the 'parcels and services' division realised 17.7 per cent growth.

On August 25, Australia Post announced it would be hiring 4,000 new team members across the country.

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