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Wednesday, 29 November 2000
Page: 20209


Senator Mackay asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 4 October 2000:

With reference to Australia Post:

(1) (a) Nationally, how many corporate post offices are there; and (b) where are they located and in what federal electorates.

(2) How many corporate post offices were there at the end of each financial year between 1990-91 and 1999-2000.

(3) (a) Nationally, how many licensed post offices (LPOs) are there; and (b) where are they located and in what federal electorates.

(4) How many LPOs were there at the end of each financial year between 1990-91 and 1999-2000.

(5) (a) How many corporate post offices and/or LPOs receive income support and/or top up payments; and (b) where are they located and in which federal electorates.

(6) What has been the quantum of this income support and/or top up payment at the end of each financial year between 1990-91 and 1999-2000.


Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Based on advice received from Australia Post

(1) (a) and (b) There are currently 904 corporate post offices nationally. Attachment 1 details their locations and federal electorates. (A copy has been provided separately to the Hon Senator)

(2) The following table details the number of corporate post offices at the end of each financial year between 1990/1991 and 1999/2000:

Year Ending

No. of offices

Year Ending

No. of offices

30.06.91

1352

30.06.96

1084

30.06.92

1348

30.06.97

1009

30.06.93

1301

30.06.98

957

30.06.94

1203

30.06.99

905

30.06.95

1132

30.06.00

902

(3) (a) and (b) There are currently 2986 Licensed Post Offices (LPOs) nationally. Attachment 2 details their locations and federal electorates. (A copy has been provided separately to the Hon Senator)

(4) The following table details the total number of LPOs at the end of each financial year between 1990/1991 and 1999/2000:

Year Ending

No. of LPOs

Year Ending

No. of LPOs

30.06.91

3009

30.06.96

2873

30.06.92

2977

30.06.97

2925

30.06.93

2932

30.06.98

2965

30.06.94

2789

30.06.99

2998

30.06.95

2822

30.06.00

2985

(5) There were 502 LPOs receiving top up payments at 30 June 2000. Attachment 3 details their locations and federal electorates. (A copy has been provided separately to the Hon Senator)

(6) Total top up payments to LPOs at the end of each financial year between 1992/1993* and 1999/2000 was as follows:

Year Ending

Top up payment

Year Ending

Top up payment

30.06.93

$0.1m

30.06.97

$4.8m

30.06.94

$6.4m

30.06.98

$4.2m

30.06.95

$11.1m

30.06.99

$4.1m

30.06.96

$10.7m

30.06.00

$3.8m

[* Under the Licensed Post Office Agreement negotiated with the Post Office Agents Association Ltd, a system of top up payments was introduced in 1992/1993 for those Post Office Agents who experienced a drop in net income on conversion to LPO method of operation. Top up payments cease on assignment of the license to another operator. In the case of metropolitan LPOs, top up payments were of fixed duration and ceased on 30 June 1996.]