Make sure it's safe to send
At Australia Post, safety is our priority. It’s important you’re aware some substances can't be posted for delivery within Australia or overseas. Many common items contain prohibited substances that may be explosive, flammable, radioactive or otherwise dangerous. Examples include:
- Flammable liquids like nail polish, paint or perfume
- Flammable solids like safety matches or self-heating items such as instant meals, with packaging that contains a solid flammable substance that can self-combust
- Aerosols such as butane cigarette lighters
- Explosives like flares, fireworks or ammunition
- Corrosives such as batteries
Not sure about your item?
Not sure about your item?
Download our comprehensive guide for a full list of dangerous and prohibited goods and packaging requirements, or check our prohibited and restricted items list to learn about:
- items we won’t accept for delivery
- items we can accept only if certain conditions and requirements are met
- items that must meet our packaging requirements
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 57 through 61 of the Australia Post Terms & Conditions (PDF 1.64MB) for more information.
You'll find lithium batteries or cells in portable electronics. They're a dangerous good and present a fire and safety risk if transported incorrectly. Australia Post limits how lithium batteries can be sent, and you're required to send these items in compliance with Australian and international regulations.
What types of lithium batteries can be sent?
Regardless of what domestic or international mail service you use, Australia Post can only carry the following types of lithium batteries:
- Lithium ion (rechargeable) - 20 watt-hour per cell or 100 watt-hour per battery
- Lithium metal (non-rechargeable) - one gram per cell or two grams per battery
Lithium batteries can only be sent internationally (air or sea), or domestically by air if the battery or cell (maximum of two batteries or four individual cells) are installed in the device and meet all the packaging requirements.
Recalled, damaged or non-conforming cells or batteries are also prohibited from being sent by Australia Post.
How to package lithium batteries
Make sure that the electronic device you're sending can't be turned on accidentally, and you have used strong internal and external packaging. Under no circumstances should lithium batteries be packed by themselves, or alongside a device. To find out more on how to package your batteries correctly refer to the Dangerous and Prohibited Goods and Packaging Guide (PDF 1.2MB).
Sending lithium batteries overseas
Shipments of electronic items containing lithium cells and batteries are prohibited when sent using the International Courier product.
You cannot send lithium batteries to Germany, Italy, Laos or Macao. If you do, your item will be refused or returned to sender.
Check our International Post Guide for any local restrictions in place before sending Lithium batteries overseas.
Additional requirements when sending overseas
Items must also be accepted by the customs department of the country you're sending to. Use our International Post Guide to search customs rules by country. If you're not sure about an item you wish to from Australia, we recommend you contact the relevant country's embassy.