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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 573


Mr Jull (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 21 May 1980:

(1)   How many non-official post offices are there in each Federal Electoral Division in Queensland.

(2)   What are the criteria for establishing these post offices.


Mr Staley - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) At 30 May 1 980, the number of non-official post offices in each federal electoral division in Queensland was as follows:

Bowman- 19; Brisbane - 11; Capricornia- 40; Darling Downs- 31; Dawson- 44; Fadden - 18; Fisher - 36; Griffith- 8; Herbert- 33; Kennedy- 62; Leichhardt- 70; Lilley- 18; McPherson- 19; Maranoa- 82; Moreton- 11; Oxley- 22; Petrie- 13; Ryan- 5; Wide Bay- 35.

(2)   The policy of Australia Post is to provide post offices in the light of changing community needs for postal services and the various methods available for providing such services. In applying this policy, special consideration is given to the needs of people residing or carrying on business outside the major cities.

Basically, consideration is given to providing a non-official post office where: customers are being significantly inconvenienced by the lack of a post office facility; a specified minimum demand level for basic postal services (as distinct from agency services) could be anticipated; and satisfactory accommodation and a suitable person to conduct the post office are available.

More specifically, the criteria for provision of non-official post offices require that:

In Urban Areas, the expected volume of basic postal business would be equivalent to a workload of at least 20 hours a week.

In Rural Areas, the expected volume of basic postal business would be equivalent to a workload of at least 4 hours a week, with good prospects for future growth in business. (Note: Generally, a non-official post office would not be established within 2 km of another post office.)







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