Thursday, June 20, 2024

Christmas delivery deadlines announced by Australia Post

Australia Post has today announced its all-important last-sending dates to help deliveries within Australia and across the world arrive in time for Christmas.

For sending to and from most destinations within Australia via Parcel Post, parcels should be sent by Monday 18 December, or if sending via Express Post by Thursday 21 December. People sending to or from Western Australia and Northern Territory should allow a few extra days.

For international sending via Economy Air, last sending dates for cards and gifts fall between 16-29 November, depending on the destination. Customers sending via International Standard will have a few extra days to find the perfect gift, while last-minute shoppers can give themselves another week if sending via International Express.

Within Australia:

  • Parcel Post: Monday 18 December
  • Express Post: Thursday 21 December (Please allow a few extra days for deliveries to Western Australia and Northern Territory)


  • Economy Air: 16-29 November (depending on the destination)
  • International Standard: 23 November-7 December (depending on the destination)
  • International Express: 30 November-13 December (depending on the destination)

Australia Post Executive General Manager Parcel, Post and eCommerce Services, Gary Starr said customers should visit the Australia Post website to check their chosen destination’s dates well in advance and plan out their Christmas sending to give items the best chance of arriving in time.

“We know these last-sending dates are very important for customers to help ensure cards and gifts make it in time to loved ones near and far.”

“Of course, if items are sent after the recommended dates, they will still be delivered as quickly as possible, but they may not arrive until after Christmas,” he said.

All dates are now available at auspost.com.au/christmas, including sending within Australia via Parcel Post and Express Post, and for international sending via Economy Air, International Standard, International Express and International Courier.

International sending can sometimes be impacted by factors beyond Australia Post’s control, such as customs delays and overseas postal disruptions. Customers can stay up to date on Australia Post delivery updates via the AusPost app or auspost.com.au/service-updates.

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