Dangerous & prohibited items
Your parcels and our safety regulations
Have you got something potentially difficult or dangerous to send? Some substances can't be posted for delivery within Australia or overseas. For instance, items that are explosive, highly flammable, radioactive or otherwise dangerous.
If you're not sure about your item, please read the Dangerous and Prohibited Goods and Packaging Post Guide (3,164kb).
Dangerous goods exemptions Click to expand Click to collapse
We can deliver some dangerous items, if they meet certain conditions and are packed in a specific way.
Our dangerous goods exemptions policy does permit very small quantities of some dangerous goods (known as "exempted" dangerous goods) when carried on a contract basis and by road transport only.
There are specific requirements for how these goods are packaged and who they are delivered to.
Please read clause 62 through 65 of the Australia Post Terms & Conditions for more information.
Lithium batteries Click to expand Click to collapse
Lithium batteries are often in devices like watches, clocks, mobile phones and MP3 players. All lithium batteries are now classified as dangerous goods. They can't be carried by air.
Australia Post can't accept lithium batteries or devices containing them for mailing overseas or for domestic air carriage. These can only be transported within Australia by road transport.
If you're posting lithium batteries or items containing them, please read our customer guidelines for sending lithium batteries (pdf 48kb) to find out more about specific packaging and label requirements.
Sending items overseas Click to expand Click to collapse
If you are sending an item out of Australia, we must accept it for carriage, and it must also be accepted by the Customs department of the country it's being sent to.
- Check our Dangerous & Prohibited Goods & Packaging Guide (pdf 3,164kb) for a full list of the items we won't accept for delivery
- Check country & customs regulations for information about items which are prohibited or restricted in certain countries
If you're not sure about an item you wish to send out of Australia, we recommend you contact the embassy for that recipient country and seek further advice.
- Find out about customs restrictions
- Find out about quarantine
- Dangerous & Prohibited Goods & Packaging Guide (3,164kb)
- Customer guidelines for sending lithium batteries (48kb)
- Australia Post Terms and Conditions