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Australia Post steps up for Licensed Post Offices



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17th June, 2014

AUSTRALIA POST STEPS UP FOR LICENSED POST OFFICES

The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams has applauded Australia Post for continuing to shore up the viability of Licensed Post Offices (LPO’s).

Senator Williams is Chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee which is conducting an inquiry into the relationship between Australia Post and the LPO’s

He today attended the announcement by Australia Post of further financial initiatives which will be welcomed by the LPO’s, many of whom have been struggling to survive as Australians move away from traditional mail streams.

He said the initiatives are -

 A guaranteed annual minimum payment of $20,000 for those LPO’s that don’t reach that level of business;  Community Postal Agencies will receive a minimum $2,500 payment each year;  Increasing the Contractor Accommodation Allowance and Representational

Allowance by 20%  Point of sale technology will be offered free of charge to 432 LPO’s to enable real-time transactions;  Removal of the EPOS transaction shortfall fee for all LPO’s.  Rollout of 50 Superstores in regional and rural areas

Senator Williams said combined with actions by Australia Post earlier this year in response to the current Senate inquiry, LPO’s will have benefited by an extra $40 million.

“Australia Post is facing a crisis of its own with falling mail volumes and a high service expectation from the Australian community.

Stamps sold to the public are below their cost price, and the nation’s 5.7 million concession card holders are getting concessional stamp prices for the next three years.

I am pleased to see the LPO’s given a brighter future with today’s announcement”, Senator Williams said.

Contact Greg Kachel on 0428 253 560