1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2008  
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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. Australia Post is independent of government funding. It pays the full range of government taxes and charges and has apportioned 50% of its after-tax profits as a dividend to the government.

Australia Post offers letter and parcel services within Australia and internationally. It also provides a range of related services including:

  • electronic bulk mail handling
  • direct marketing and database management services
  • financial services e.g. bill payment, money order and banking services
  • third-party data processing, including credit management for major logistics customers
  • retail products e.g. stationery, Postpak, greeting cards, gifts, philatelic stamps, coins and communication products (including mobile telephony)

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.

At 30 June 2003, in Tasmania, Australia Post employed 645 staff and 243 mail contractors. There were 29 post offices, 147 licensees, 30 community postal agencies and 12 community mail agencies located around the state.

Mail was distributed to 229,934 delivery points (210,088 private residences and 19,846 businesses). Australia Post has moved towards electronic commerce services in recent years as its business expands. Many Australia Post outlets are equipped with giroPost facilities for electronic banking and Billpay for bill payment services. Many of these outlets are in rural or remote areas that would otherwise not have access to these services.

GiroPost facilities provide a service on behalf of 76 banks and financial institutions, while the Billpay facilities enable customers to pay accounts for more than 400 organisations across the country.

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