Best get your online shopping done ASAP.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 this year has forced the federal government to implement social distancing rules, travel restrictions and business closures, and as a result, many industries have been hit hard over the last six months – including our beloved postal service.
Victorians are currently in the middle of Stage 4 and Stage 3 restrictions, and with many of us in self-isolation and working from home, online shopping has spiked over the last three weeks.
While a benefit to the Australian economy (given that people are shopping locally online), Australia Post has experienced a significant increase in demand.
However, due to the currently current second wave sweeping Victoria, Australia Post were also required to make additional adjustments in their processing and deliveries workforce to comply with the State Government’s COVID Safe restrictions, causing state-wide delays in deliveries.
“As a result of the constraints on our network and the continuing rise in parcel volumes, our speed and ability to deliver has been impacted,” Australia Post revealed.
“And while we’re doing everything we can to deliver your online purchases as safely and quickly as possible, we hope you understand that these additional restrictions have resulted in increased delays.”
With Father’s Day just over a week away (FYI, it’s on Sunday, September 6), Australia Post has issued cut-offs for Father’s Day gifts and parcels amid this significant demand, announcing that letters and Parcel Post should be posted be in the mail by this Friday, August 28 and Express Post lodged by Monday, August 31.
So, it seems if you haven’t got anything in the mail, you’d better hurry or you’ll be getting your dear old dad a pair of socks once again.
In regards to your regular online shopping habits (sorry dad), Australia Post says it anticipates a three-day delay for deliveries into and out of Victoria, no matter what day or date a parcel or letter is lodged.
You may notice your parcel is being processed and delivered from different locations. As Australia Post adapts to the current challenges, they’re also optimising their network to deliver parcels as quickly as possible. This means that your parcel may be sorted and processed at a location that’s different from what you’re normally used to.
For regular updates on how the pandemic is impacting the Australia Post network and service, please visit their dedicated webpage.