Performance, importance and role of Australia Post in Australian communities and its operations in relation to licensed post offices

On 14 November 2013, the Senate referred the following matters to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 December 2013:

  1. the overall performance, importance and role of Australia Post in Australian communities, and the challenges it faces in the immediate and longer term;
  2. the operations of Australia Post in relation to Licensed Post Offices (LPOs), with particular reference to:
    1. the importance and role of the LPO network in the Australian postal system, with particular reference to regional and remote areas,
    2. the licensing and trading conditions applicable to LPOs, including the Community Service Obligations, and any effects these may have on operating an LPO business, and
    3. marketing, retail and trading arrangements between Australia Post and LPOs and other entities; and
    4. any related matters.

The closing date for submissions is 25 November 2013.
On 11 December 2013, the Senate granted an extension to the reporting date until 31 March 2014.
On 27 March 2014, the Senate granted a further extension of time to report until 27 August 2014.
On 27 August 2014, the Senate granted a further extension of time to report until 24 September 2014.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
ec.sen@aph.gov.au

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About this Inquiry

This inquiry will report on the following matters;

  1. the overall performance, importance and role of Australia Post in Australian communities, and the challenges it faces in the immediate and longer term;
  2. the operations of Australia Post in relation to Licensed Post Offices (LPOs), with particular reference to:
    1. the importance and role of the LPO network in the Australian postal system, with particular reference to regional and remote areas,
    2. the licensing and trading conditions applicable to LPOs, including the Community Service Obligations, and any effects these may have on operating an LPO business, and
    3. marketing, retail and trading arrangements between Australia Post and LPOs and other entities; and
    4. any related matters.

Past Public Hearings

06 Dec 2013: CANBERRA, ACT
04 Mar 2014: CANBERRA, ACT
17 Mar 2014: CANBERRA, ACT

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Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions, Interim Report Tabled

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)

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