About Australia Post education programs
Australia Post is committed to providing high-quality, professionally produced educational resources for Australian schools. Australia Post offers a growing number of letter writing programs to assist teachers in educating students about writing letters with a purpose.
In this section, you will find information about practical letter writing opportunities and programs offered and / or sponsored by Australia Post, as well as information about our community partners.
Australia Post education website – Our post – what's it all about?:
Each Christmas Australia Post runs its Santa Mail program, which encourages children to write to Santa. If children use the special address supplied on the website they will even receive a reply (as long as they live in Australia).
Children can read all sorts of interesting facts about Christmas, write to Santa using an online letter writing interactive and have some fun with puzzles and activities.
Teachers will find curriculum-linked lesson and activity ideas and student activity sheets to help them incorporate the themes of Christmas and letter writing into their classroom programs.
Keep your eye on the website because Australia Post will be running the Santa Mail program again later this year.
Australia Post education website – Letter Link: Let's write a letter
An innovative letter writing program designed to help students to write both personal and business letters. It includes interesting facts about the history of communication and letter writing, a letter writing interactive and some multimedia fun.
Use this site to engage your students in letter writing, learn about the history of communication and letter writing, and have fun with various types of letters.
Australia Post education website – Letter Link: AFL
"Letter Link: AFL" encourages primary school children from all backgrounds and cultures to connect with their local communities through Australian Football. Several Australian Football League (AFL) players have been chosen as Multicultural Ambassadors and students can write to any of these players (or any other AFL player or club). Teachers will find curriculum support material to help them incorporate the themes of cultural diversity, Australian Football and letter writing into their classrooms.
Australia Post education website – Letter Link: London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Australia Post's Letter Link: London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games program was a great success!
Thank you so much to everyone who wrote a letter to an Australian Olympic or Paralympic athlete in London. Whether you wrote your letter using the "Let's write a letter" interactive, or with your favourite pen and paper, all were greatly appreciated by the athletes.
The letters were delivered safely to the athletes, who were thrilled and proud to receive your messages of support and encouragement. Reading your words all the way from home was extremely inspiring for them.
Thank you also to all the teachers who encouraged their classes to write to our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in London and who ordered the specially designed Letter Link envelopes and education packs. The packs were extremely popular and we hope you found them to be a valuable classroom resource.
Whether you participated or not in Letter Link: London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, you can still check out the interactives and watch "The journey of your Letter Link letter" animation, to see how the Letter Link letters made their way to London. These can now be found in the Multimedia fun archive section of "Our Post – what's it all about?".
Keep your eye on the website because Australia Post will be running further Letter Link programs in the future.
Australia Post education website – Stamps and collectables
This program provides fantastic facts about stamps and their history, along with interesting information on past and present Australia Post stamp releases, how stamps are produced, and how to start a stamp collection. Students can view stamp issues and coin releases and have fun with videos and games. Teachers are provided with curriculum support material and information and links to stamp collecting events and websites.
MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry and a community partner of Australia Post. The program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries, chargers and accessories from a network of over 4,500 mobile phone retailers, local councils, government agencies and business drop-off points across Australia. Australia Post provides free reply paid mobile phone recycling satchels through their outlets.
The Planet Ark Environmental Foundation aims to work with and teach people and businesses simple ways to reduce their impact on the planet, at home, at work and in the community.
The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program was set up to stop Australia's printer cartridges ending up in landfill, where they pollute groundwater and soil. Australia Post joined the program in 2003 and encourages customers to drop their used inkjet and laser toner cartridges from home or office at over 1,800 of our outlets.