Australians will see their post more often from Saturday, with Australia Post launching weekend delivery to help support the expected increase in parcel volumes in the run-up to Christmas.

The accelerated delivery schedule will be implemented in all metropolitan capitals and select regional cities starting tomorrow, just in time for Santa Mail to kick in.

“The start of a Saturday delivery highlighted an increase in parcel volumes from cybersales,” Australia Post executive general manager Gary Starr said.

“With the start of cybersales last week, we are already seeing an increase in parcel volumes as consumers start their Christmas shopping early by picking up a bargain in sales.”

Mr Starr said the increase is expected to increase further next week with the launch of Black Friday sales.

“We’ve been preparing all year for another big Christmas, including hiring thousands more staff to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible,” he said.

“The launch of a temporary Saturday delivery service is just another measure we have put in place to help us deliver packages on time this festive season,” he said.

Weekend deliveries will remain in place until Christmas, when Australian children are expected to send thousands of letters to Santa.

With more than 118,000 letters received last year, Australia Post said there were key dates to ensure everyone got a response before “Santa Claus and his elves are busy loading the sleigh for Christmas Eve”.

Families should post their letters by December 2, while schools should prepare a little earlier and have their letters sent by November 24.

“Christmas has been the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service and the Australia Post team have loved being able to bring a touch of magic to children across the country,” said Josh Bannister, Managing Director of Australia Post.

“Families look forward to Santa’s mail every year and there’s nothing better for us than helping kids send their beautifully crafted letters to Santa,” Mr Bannister said.

“We load up our trucks and our planes, and the letters travel to him from Australia to the North Pole – it’s over 12,000 miles, and then Santa and his elves will read them and respond to every child .

“Santa Mail brings a sense of excitement to everyone and it’s a fantastic way to get kids writing and practicing their literacy skills and we love seeing families and teachers get involved,” he said. he declares.

“We want every child to be able to have the joy of coming into contact with Santa Claus, so this year our program is open to any form of communication – be it a letter, a drawing, a song or a photo.

“In return, children will receive a response from Santa Claus tailored to their accessibility needs, including large print or Braille,” he said.

Australia Post Pen Pal Ambassador Jack Berne, 14, thinks writing to Santa each year is a big part of the Christmas tradition for children, “just like decorating the Christmas tree”.

“Like me, if you’re hoping Santa is going to leave a present under the tree, then he needs to know what’s high on your wish list,” Jack said.

“Santa loves to get letters from all the kids in Australia, but just remember Santa is from the North Pole and doesn’t know all of our quirky lingo – so if you want a new pair of bathing suits or flip flops, try asking for a bathing suit and some flip flops,” he suggested.

“And don’t forget to tell Santa what you’ve done this year to get on his good list – helping Mom out for dinner or Dad with the Barbie. Santa Claus likes to hear about good deeds well done.

Children of all ages are encouraged to participate and letters should be addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole, 9999 with a 65c Christmas card stamp affixed to the front of the envelope, and a name and return address on the back so Santa knows where to send his response.

Parents and visually impaired children can choose to receive a large print text response from Santa by sending their letters to Santa Mail (large text), North Pole, 9999.

Teachers are encouraged to put letters from an entire class in a large envelope with a class list, student’s full name, and home address, to bring Christmas cheer to all attendees. The envelope should be addressed to School of Santa Mail, Locked Bag 12000, Dandenong, VIC, 3175.

Letters from Santa can be placed in any red post box or in a dedicated Santa Claus box at participating post offices.

For more information on how to address letters to Santa, lesson plans, letter templates and writing tips, visit auspost.com.au/santamail, where you can also follow the progress of the letter with the Santa Mail Tracker.

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