Australia Post

The most wonderful time of the year is not far now!

Besides bringing warmth, peace, and joy to households across the globe, Australia Post reveals a “Plan ahead’ move by issuing parcel posting deadlines for when gifts need to be sent so they are delivered around the country before Christmas.

It comes as Australia Post earlier announced its plan to hire thousands of employees, in an attempt to combat labour shortages before the peak Christmas period.

Want your presents to reach interstate family and friends before the big day? This is what you need to know.


Sending within Australia
Sending to/from Parcel Post Express Post
Within Australia (except WA and NT) 12 December 2022 19 December 2022
WA and NT – parcels only 7 December 2022 14 December 2022

Australia Post has warned those sending to or from Western Australia or the Northern Territory will need to allow an extra few days.


Cards and letters (Regular Post)
Same state: Monday 19 December 2022
Interstate: Thursday 15 December 2022


Sending parcels Overseas
Sending to Standard parcel Parcel express
New Zealand 2 December 2022 9 December 2022
USA 28 November 2022 9 December 2022
UK and major European destinations 2 December 2022 9 December 2022
Most of Asia 21 November 2022 28 November 2022


Australia Post warns that items lodged after these dates may not arrive until after Christmas.

If you don’t want to send your gifts via Australia Post, you could also look into other delivery services or couriers, but bear in mind they will also have deadlines.