What's in your letterbox?
What are you likely to find inside your letterbox?
Personal letters and cards
A personal letter or card is great fun to receive in the mail. If someone writes you a letter, why not write back instead of sending an email or an SMS? Sending a birthday or Christmas card is a great way of letting someone know that you are thinking of them.
Parcels are larger and usually weigh more than a letter. To protect the contents of your parcels you should always pack them carefully. If you need your parcel to arrive at its destination quickly you can use an Express Post pack, which can be delivered to many locations in Australia the next business day after posting. The cost of sending a parcel is calculated on its weight and size.
Postcards can be used to send short messages by mail without needing an envelope. They often have a bright colourful photograph or picture on the front and enough space on the back for a quick note to your family or friends.
Air Mail letters, cards and parcels have a postmark on the stamp that tells you which country they have come from. It will also tell you when the mail was posted. "Air Mail" stickers are put onto parcels and letters that are being sent overseas by air, rather than by sea.
Accounts and receipts
Accounts and receipts are often placed in an envelope with a window. This makes it easy for businesses to print and mail their bills. Businesses might use a POSTAGE PAID AUSTRALIA mark instead of stamps if they have a large number of accounts to send within Australia. This speeds up delivery and saves money.
Your letterbox checklist
Is your letterbox "postie-friendly"? Is it:
- Large enough to take A4-size magazines?
- Easily accessible and located at the front of your property, as close to the footpath as possible?
- Between 90cm and 120cm high?
- Clearly marked with your house number?
- Clear of bushes and shrubs?
- Free of hazards such as wheelie bins or skateboards? (No one wants the postie to have a nasty accident!)