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Remote Australia gets cheaper postage for medicine, educational material.



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Remote Australia gets cheaper postage for medicine, educational material

Australia Post will set special cheaper postal rates for health and educational material being sent to and from people living in remote areas of Australia under a plan announced today by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston.

Senator Alston said the decision will make life easier for people in remote areas who often rely on medicines, textbooks and other material being sent to them because of the lack of ready access to such material.

This important initiative fulfils the Government's 2001 election commitment to provide concessional fixed rates for the delivery of health and educational material to and from remote Australia.

The special postal rates recognise the challenges faced by those living outside metropolitan and regional centres and shows that the Government believes people who choose to live in remote areas should not be disadvantaged through the high costs of access to health and educational material.

To be eligible for the special rate, parcels can only contain medical prescription items, non-prescription pharmacy medicines or other medicines specified by a registered medical practitioner. Alternatively, parcels may contain printed, written or electronic media specifically related to a recognised course of study organised by an educational institution.

The special rates will not apply to parcels containing such things as dietary supplements or herbal remedies, veterinary supplies, non-prescription optical or dental products, nappies, books or stationery supplies.

The new prices will apply from 1 July 2003 and will be based on a three-tier system:

● Non-standard articles up to 250 grams will be charged at $2.10 (a

discount of 30 per cent on the normal rate);

● Articles over 250 and up to 500 grams will be charged at $2.80 (a

discount of 30 per cent on the normal rate), and

● Articles over 500 grams and up to five kilograms will be charged at a

rate of $5 (a discount of 14% up to 75% on the normal rate).

People eligible to access the new rates will include registered medical practitioners, practising ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, dentists, retailers and wholesalers of medicines and medical supplies and recognised educational institutions, sending material to people living in remote areas of Australia. The special rates will also apply to people in remote areas sending eligible educational and medical materials. Existing terms and conditions governing the quantities, packaging and permissible senders of medicinal products remain unchanged.

A list of post codes of remote areas eligible for discounted prices is available online at www.dcita.gov.au.

Media contact: Simon Troeth 02 6277 7480 or 0439 425 373 Website: www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au

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Delivery points in remote / very remote areas

ARIA classification (2000 study based on 1996 census data)

Postcode Town/Locality

822 Darwin Mail Centre

Roadside Deliveries

837 Noonamah

837 Noonamah

845 Batchelor

846 Adelaide River

847 Pine Creek

850 Katherine

851 Katherine Private Boxes

852 Katherine Roadside

Deliveries

854 Borroloola

860 Tennant Creek

861 Tennant Creek Private

Boxes

862 Tennant Creek Roadside

Deliveries

870 Alice Springs

871 Alice Springs Private Boxes

872 Alice Springs Roadside

Deliveries

880 Gove, Nhulunbuy

881 Nhulunbuy Private Boxes

885 Alyangula

886 Jabiru

2361 Ashford

2386 Burren Junction

2387 Rowena

2388 Pilliga

2396 Baradine

2400 Moree

2405 Boomi

2406 Mungindi

2407 Weemelah

2410 Yetman

2551 Eden

2672 Lake Cargiello

2675 Hillston

2711 Hay

2715 Balranald

2824 Warren

2825 Nyngan

2828 Gulargambone

2829 Coonamble

2831 Geurie

2832 Walgett

2833 Collarenebri

2834 Lightning Ridge

2835 Cobar

2836 Wilcannia

2839 Brewarrina

2840 Bourke

2873 Tottenham

2877 Condobolin

2878 Ivanhoe

2879 Menindee

2880 Broken Hill

2898 Lord Howe Island

2899 Norfolk Island

3396 Hopetoun

3419 Kaniva

3424 Rainbow

3485 Woomelang

3500 Mildura

3506 Ouyen Forward

3509 Underbool

3512 Murrayville

3889 Bemm River

3890 Cann River

3891 Wingan River

3892 Mallacoota

4025 Kooringal (Stradbroke

Island)

4183 Moreton Island

4385 Texas

4406 Dalby Forward

4416 Condamine

4417 Surat

4418 Guluguba

4419 Wandoan

4420 Taroom

4422 Meandarra

4423 Glenmorgan

4425 Dulacca

4426 Jackson

4427 Yuleba

4428 Wallumbilla

4454 Injune

4455 Roma

4461 Muckadilla

4462 Amby

4465 Mitchell

4467 Mungallala

4468 Morven

4470 Charleville

4471 Claverton

4472 Blackall

4474 Adavale

4475 Cheepie

4477 Augathella

4478 Tambo

4479 Cooladdi

4480 Quilpie

4481 Windorah

4482 Birdsville

4486 Dirranbandi

4487 St George

4488 Bollon

4489 Wyandra

4490 Cunnamulla

4491 Eulo

4492 Thargomindah

4493 Hungerford

4494 Bungunya

4496 Talwood

4497 Thallon

4498 Toobeah

4627 Eidsvold

4702 Emu Park

4705 Marlborough

4707 St Lawrence

4709 Tieri

4718 Moura

4719 Theodore

4720 Emerald

4721 Clermont

4722 Springsure

4724 Alpha

4725 Barcaldine

4726 Aramac

4727 Ilfracombe

4730 Longreach

4731 Isisford

4732 Muttaburra

4733 Corfield

4735 Winton

4736 Jundah

4739 Carmila

4741 Seaforth

4742 Nebo

4743 Glenden

4744 Moranbah

4745 Dysart

4746 Middlemount

4756 Finch Hatton

4757 Dalrymple Heights

4798 Calen

4799 Bloomsbury

4800 Proserpine

4802 Airlie Beach

4803 Hamilton Island

4804 Collinsville

4805 Bowen

4807 Ayr

4816 Cardwell

4820 Charters Towers

4821 Hughenden

4822 Richmond

4823 Julia Creek

4824 Cloncurry

4825 Mount Isa

4828 Camooweal

4829 Boulia

4830 Burketown

4854 Tully

4871 Port Douglas Forward

4872 Ravenshoe

4873 Mossman

4874 Weipa

4875 Thursday Island

4876 Bamaga

4890 Normanton

4891 Karumba

5220 Parndana

5221 American River

5222 Penneshaw

5223 Kingscote

5267 Keith

5268 Bordertown

5275 Kingston (South East)

5302 Lameroo

5304 Pinnaroo

5341 Renmark

5432 Carrieton

5434 Hawker

5440 Cockburn

5575 Minlaton

5576 Yorketown

5577 Warooka

5582 Stansbury

5583 Edithborough

5602 Cowell

5603 Arno Bay

5604 Port Neill

5605 Tumby Bay

5606 Port Lincoln

5607 Port Lincoln Forward

5630 Edillilie

5631 Cummins

5632 Yeelanna

5633 Lock

5640 Cleve

5641 Kimba

5642 Rudall

5650 Warramboo

5651 Kyancutta

5652 Wudinna

5653 Yaninee

5654 Minnipa

5655 Poochera

5660 Cungena

5661 Wirrulla

5670 Elliston

5671 Port Kenny

5680 Streaky Bay

5690 Ceduna

5710 Cook

5720 Woomera

5722 Andamooka

5723 Coober Pedy

5724 Mintabie

5725 Roxby Downs

5730 Beltana

5731 Leigh Creek

5732 Copley

5733 Marree

5734 Oodnadatta

6161 Rottnest Island

6262 Northcliffe

6328 Wellstead

6335 Gnowangerup

6336 Ongerup

6337 Jerramungup

6338 Borden

6341 Nyabing

6343 Pingrup

6346 Ravensthorpe

6348 Hopetoun

6353 Beenong

6355 Newdegate

6356 Mount Madden

6357 Pingaring

6358 Karlgarin

6359 Hyden

6361 Tincurrin

6363 Dudinin

6365 Kulin

6367 Kondinin

6369 Narembeen

6372 Yealering

6373 Bullaring

6375 Corrigin

6386 Shackleton

6398 Walpole

6415 Merredin

6418 Bruce Rock

6420 Muntadgin

6421 Burracoppin

6422 Walgoolan

6423 Westonia

6424 Bodallin

6425 Moorine Rock

6426 Southern Cross

6427 Koolyanobbing

6429 Coolgardie

6430 Kalgoorlie

6434 Forrest

6435 Agnew

6436 Menzies

6437 Leinster

6438 Leonora

6439 Yeelirrie

6440 Laverton

6441 Lake Lefroy

6443 Norseman

6445 Salmon Gums

6446 Grass Patch

6447 Scaddan

6448 Gibson

6450 Esperance

6468 Kalannie

6472 Beacon

6473 Wialki

6475 Koorda

6476 Gabbin

6477 Bencubbin

6479 Mukinbudin

6484 Bullfinch

6485 Wyalkatchem

6488 Trayning

6490 Nungarin

6514 Leeman

6515 Coorow

6516 Jurien

6517 Carnamah

6518 Eneabba

6519 Three Springs

6522 Mingenew

6532 Naraling

6535 Northampton

6536 Kalbarri

6537 Denham

6603 Wongan Hills

6605 Kondut

6606 Ballidu

6608 Pithara

6609 Dalwallinu

6612 Wubin

6613 Buntine

6614 Maya

6616 Latham

6618 Caron

6620 Perenjori

6623 Morawa

6625 Pintharuka

6627 Canna

6628 Tardun

6630 Mullewa

6631 Pindar

6632 Tenindewa

6635 Yalgoo

6638 Mount Magnet

6639 Sandstone

6640 Cue

6642 Meekatharra

6646 Wiluna

6701 Carnarvon

6705 Gascoyne Junction

6707 Exmouth

6710 Onslow

6711 Thevenard Island

6712 Barrow Island

6713 Dampier

6714 Karratha

6715 Hearson

6716 Pannawonica

6718 Roebourne

6720 Wickham

6721 Port Hedland

6722 South Hedland

6723 Goldsworthy

6724 Wedgefield

6725 Broome

6726 Cable Beach

6728 Derby

6731 Yampi Sound

6733 Koolan Island

6740 Wyndham

6743 Kununurra

6751 Tom Price

6752 Wittenoom

6753 Newman

6754 Paraburdoo

6758 Nullagine

6760 Marble Bar

6761 Shay Gap

6762 Telfer

6765 Fitzroy Crossing

6770 Halls Creek

6798 Christmas Island

6799 Cocos Island

7109 Huonville

7140 New Norfolk

7186 Saltwater River

7190 Swansea

7215 St Marys

7255 Whitemark (Flinders

Island)

7256 Currie (King Island)

7257 Cape Barren Island

7264 Derby

7330 Smithton

7467 Queenstown

7468 Strahan

7469 Zeehan

7470 Rosebery