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SR 1998 No. 99 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Amendment (Speed of Mail Delivery) Regulation 2015
Administered by: Communications and the Arts
General Comments: This compilation was republished on 19 September 2017 with an updated title on the cover pages and in the footers, to reflect the name in regulation 1.
Registered 19 Jan 2016
Start Date 04 Jan 2016
Date of repeal 13 Feb 2019
Repealed by Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Regulations 2019

Australian Postal (Performance Standards) Regulations 1998

Statutory Rules No. 99, 1998

made under the

Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989

Compilation No. 4

Compilation date:                              4 January 2016

Includes amendments up to:            SLI No. 119, 2015

Registered:                                         19 January 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Australian Postal (Performance Standards) Regulations 1998 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 4 January 2016 (the compilation date).

This compilation was prepared on 15 January 2016.

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on ComLaw (www.comlaw.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on ComLaw for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on ComLaw for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             2

1............ Name of Regulations........................................................................... 2

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

Part 2—Mail deliveries                                                                                                        3

4............ Purpose............................................................................................... 3

5............ Frequency of delivery......................................................................... 3

6............ Accuracy and speed of delivery.......................................................... 3

Part 3—Accessibility of services                                                                                    7

7............ Purpose............................................................................................... 7

8............ Mail lodgment points—articles other than bulk mail........................... 7

9............ Retail outlets........................................................................................ 7

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      9

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              9

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                10

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             11

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           12

 


Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Name of Regulations

                   These Regulations are the Australian Postal (Performance Standards) Regulations 1998.

2  Commencement

                   These Regulations commence on 1 July 1998.

                It is the intention of the Commonwealth Government that these Regulations be reviewed before 1 July 2001.

3  Definitions

                   In these Regulations:

Act means the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989.

bulk mail means a letter lodged with Australia Post for delivery under its bulk mail service, and accepted by Australia Post for delivery under that service.

off‑peak mail means a letter lodged with Australia Post for delivery under its off‑peak mail service, and accepted by Australia Post for delivery under that service.

                         Note:  The operation of the bulk and off‑peak services is set out in The Guide to PreSort Letters issued by Australia Post in December 1995.

Part 2Mail deliveries

  

4  Purpose

                   This Part prescribes the performance standards to be met by Australia Post in respect of the frequency, speed and accuracy of mail delivery.

5  Frequency of delivery

             (1)  Australia Post must service:

                     (a)  daily (except on a Saturday, a Sunday or a public holiday in the place where the delivery point is located)—98% of all delivery points; and

                     (b)  at least 2 days each week—99.7% of all delivery points.

             (2)  For subregulation (1), a delivery point is a mail address that, taking account of accessibility, delivery cost and general volume of mail for the address, it is practicable and reasonable to service frequently.

Examples of delivery points

                         Street and roadside letter delivery boxes, post office private boxes and locked bags, private and community bags.

             (3)  In this regulation:

service, in relation to a delivery point, means be available to visit the delivery point and, if there is a postal article addressed to the delivery point, deliver the article.

6  Accuracy and speed of delivery

             (1)  This regulation applies to the delivery of letters (reserved services letters) to which subsection 29 (2) of the Act applies, except:

                     (a)  letters to which section 30 applies; and

                     (b)  letters originating outside Australia; and

                     (c)  letters lodged with Australia Post for delivery as bulk mail; and

                     (d)  letters lodged with Australia Post for delivery as off‑peak mail; and

                     (e)  an article removed from the normal course of carriage by Australia Post under subsection 90UA (1) or (3) of the Act.

                Note:  Subsection 29 (2) of the Act sets out the services reserved to Australia Post. Section 30 of the Act sets out a number of exceptions to the reserved services.

          (1A)  For an article mentioned in paragraph (1) (e), if the article is returned to the normal course of carriage under subsection 90UB (3) or 90UC (3) of the Act, this regulation applies to the delivery of the article from the time at which it is returned to the normal course of carriage.

             (2)  Australia Post must deliver at least 94% of all reserved services letters lodged with Australia Post:

                     (a)  to the indicated address or, if Australia Post knows that the indicated address is not the appropriate address, to the appropriate address; and

                     (b)  within the delivery time for the address mentioned in the following table for:

                              (i)  reserved service letters for which an additional fee is payable for a priority service (priority letters); and

                             (ii)  reserved service letters other than priority letters (regular letters).

 

Time for delivery of reserved services letters

Item

Column 1

Address for delivery of letter

Column 2

Delivery time for priority letters

Column 3

Delivery time for regular letters

Part 1—Delivery within a State

1

Address within:

(a) if the letter is lodged in the capital city of a State—that city; or

(b) if the letter is lodged in another city, or a town, in a State—that city or town, or an adjacent city or town in the same State

Next business day after day of posting

3 business days after day of posting

2

If item 1 does not apply—address within the State in which the letter is lodged

2 business days after day of posting

4 business days after day of posting

Part 2—Delivery between States

3

If the letter is lodged in the capital city of a State—address within the capital city of another State

2 business days after day of posting

5 business days after day of posting

4

If the letter is lodged outside the capital city of a State—address within the capital city of another State

3 business days after day of posting

6 business days after day of posting

5

If the letter is lodged in the capital city of a State—address outside the capital city of another State

3 business days after day of posting

6 business days after day of posting

6

If the letter is lodged outside the capital city of a State—address outside the capital city of another State

4 business days after day of posting

7 business days after day of posting

 

             (3)  Subregulation (2) does not apply to a letter lodged for delivery to a mail address that is not normally serviced as provided by paragraph 5 (1) (a).

             (4)  In this regulation:

day of posting means the period of 24 hours ending, for a mail lodgment point mentioned in regulation 8, at the time notified as the latest time each day for posting at that lodgment point.

                         Note:  Posting boxes bear a notice setting out the daily latest time for posting before clearance of the box.

State includes the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Part 3Accessibility of services

  

7  Purpose

                   This Part prescribes the performance standards to be met by Australia Post in respect of the availability and accessibility of:

                     (a)  post‑boxes and other mail lodgment points; and

                     (b)  offices of Australia Post from which Australia Post products or services may be purchased.

8  Mail lodgment points—articles other than bulk mail

             (1)  Australia Post must maintain the following mail lodgment points in Australia for the lodgment of postal articles other than bulk mail:

                     (a)  lodgment facilities at each of its retail outlets; and

                     (b)  at least 10,000 street posting boxes.

             (2)  A lodgment facility at a retail outlet may be a street posting box.

             (3)  In this regulation:

retail outlet means an office of the kind mentioned in subregulation 9 (1).

street posting box means a container provided in a public place by Australia Post for the lodgment of standard postal articles for collection and delivery by Australia Post.

9  Retail outlets

             (1)  Australia Post must maintain, in Australia, at least 4,000 offices (retail outlets) at which persons can purchase Australia Post products and services.

             (2)  At any time, there must be located in places that, within the meaning of the areas classification report, are in a rural or remote zone, at least 50% of all retail outlets in operation, and, in any event, not fewer than 2,500 retail outlets.

             (3)  A retail outlet must be so located that:

                     (a)  in a metropolitan area (within the meaning of the areas classification report), at least 90% of residences in the area are located within 2.5 kilometres of a retail outlet; and

                     (b)  in the area comprising the non‑metropolitan zones (within the meaning of the areas classification report), at least 85% of residences in the area are located within 7.5 kilometres of a retail outlet.

             (4)  Compliance with this regulation does not require that a retail outlet be capable of retailing all kinds of Australia Post products and services at all times.

             (5)  In this regulation:

areas classification report means the report titled “Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas Classification 1991 Census Edition” published by the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of Human Services and Health in November 1994.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Endnotes about misdescribed amendments and other matters are included in a compilation only as necessary.

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

A = Act

o = order(s)

ad = added or inserted

Ord = Ordinance

am = amended

orig = original

amdt = amendment

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

c = clause(s)

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

pres = present

Ch = Chapter(s)

prev = previous

def = definition(s)

(prev…) = previously

Dict = Dictionary

Pt = Part(s)

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Div = Division(s)

Reg = Regulation/Regulations

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

reloc = relocated

    effect

renum = renumbered

F = Federal Register of Legislative Instruments

rep = repealed

gaz = gazette

rs = repealed and substituted

LI = Legislative Instrument

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

    effect

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

    cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

mod = modified/modification

SubPt = Subpart(s)

No. = Number(s)

underlining = whole or part not

 

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Number and year

FRLI registration or gazettal

 

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

1998 No. 99

27 May 1998

1 July 1998

 

1998 No. 183

30 June 1998

1 July 1998

2008 No. 26

20 Mar 2008 (F2008L00793)

24 Mar 2008 (r 2)

119, 2015

27 July 2015 (F2015L01179)

4 Jan 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

r 2........................................

am No 183, 1998

Part 2

 

r 6........................................

am No 26, 2008; No 119, 2015

Part 3

 

r 9........................................

am No 183, 1998