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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003   
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The Australian Postal Corporation (trading as Australia Post) is a government business enterprise owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. It operates under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 (Cwlth). Australia Post is independent of government funding, achieves a substantial profit from its activities, and pays a full range of taxes and charges. In 2000-01, Australia Post paid $459m in taxes and government charges ($327m in 1999-2000).

Australia Post offers letter and parcel delivery services within Australia and internationally. It also provides a range of related services including electronic bulk mail handling, advertising mail, bill payment, money order and banking services, express delivery services and philatelic products and services.

Australia Post's legal obligations require it to:

  • provide Australians with a universal letter service
  • carry standard letters within Australia at a uniform price
  • ensure that the letter service meets the social, industrial and commercial needs of the community
  • perform its functions according to sound business practice
  • perform its functions consistent with the Commonwealth's general policies.

Financial and other operating statistics for Australia Post are shown in tables 24.4, 24.5 and 24.6.


24.4 AUSTRALIAN POSTAL CORPORATION, Consolidated financial statement

Units
1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01

Revenue
$m
3,294
3,450
3,739
3,733
Expenditure
$m
2,959
3,077
3,347
3,331
Operating profit before income tax
$m
335
373
392
402
Dividends
$m
215
149
156
275
Total taxes and government charges(a)
$m
295
328
327
459
Cost of Universal Service Obligation(b)
$m
72
75
82
92
Total assets(c)
$m
2,736
2,854
3,037
3,199
Return on assets(d)
%
12.8
13.8
14.0
13.4

(a) Includes sales tax and customs duty, payroll tax, local government taxes and charges, federal excise duty, and fringe benefits tax.
(b) The Universal Service Obligation ensures that all Australians have reasonable access to the letter service; this includes the delivery of standard letters by ordinary post at a uniform price even when the delivery cost is higher.
(c) At 30 June of the financial years shown.
(d) Operating profit before net interest and income tax divided by average total assets.

Source: Australian Postal Corporation.


24.5 AUSTRALIAN POSTAL CORPORATION, Mail delivery network and post outlets

1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01

Households receiving mail
7,348,319
7,668,143
7,922,702
8,110,865
Businesses receiving mail
822,412
838,009
856,598
901,482
Total delivery points
8,170,731
8,506,152
8,779,300
9,012,347
Corporate outlets and licensed post offices
3,922
3,903
3,887
3,872

Source: Australian Postal Corporation.


24.6 AUSTRALIAN POSTAL CORPORATION, Total postal articles handled

1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
million
million
million
million

Posted in Australia for delivery in Australia
4,046
4,194
4,461
4,380
Posted in Australia for delivery overseas
165
172
193
209
Posted overseas for delivery in Australia
161
164
169
173
Total articles through mail network
4,372
4,530
4,823
4,761

Source: Australian Postal Corporation.


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