Post offices to get lifeline with $10,000 boosts
AUSTRALIA Post is giving two of its North and South Burnett operators a lifeline worth up to $10,000 each.
The move received a mixed response from industry lobby groups LPOGroup and the Post Office Agents Association Limited.
Two licensees and community postal agencies in the region (which were not named) will benefit from the $51.4 million nationwide Australia Post payment boost that will start on July 1.
Licensees will get an extra $10,000 over 12 months to cope with technology-driven downturns in business.
The boost will lift their guaranteed annual income to $30,000 a year.
The smaller community postal agents that offer only a few AP services will get a minimum annual payment of $7500 from the government-owned agency.
Parcel handling payments will also increase from 60c to $1.60.
AP managing director Ahmed Fahour said sustainability of these payments relied on proposed reforms receiving government approval.
Reforms included increasing the current basic postage rate of 70c to $1 and a new dual-speed letter delivery service.
Mr Fahour said rural and remote post office operators were being hit hard by a fall in traditional services.
“We’ve been working closely with our licensees to identify how to best support them in the face of digitisation, a significant challenge facing our traditional letters business,” he said.
“The new small post office support plan will immediately strengthen the future sustainability of 478 licensed post offices and 495 community postal agencies across rural and remote Australia.
“We have also more than doubled parcel handling payments – with the street-carded parcel rate increasing from 60 cents to $1.60.”
Mr Fahour said stamp price increases would help sustain the business.