Postal employees of Australia Post sort and deliver mail and parcels and undertake clerical and retail sales functions. The major work classifications for Australia Post employees are grouped into the broad categories of sorting and dispatching, delivery and customer service.
You can work as a postal employee without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. Applicants may be required to sit a selection test that focuses on literacy and numeracy. Successful applicants participate in a training course provided by Australia Post at selected metropolitan post offices/retail shops or other facilities, depending on their job specialisation. Applicants for positions that require driving or riding a motorcycle may be given a practical driving and traffic code test.
Postal employees may perform the following tasks:
Australia Post operates as a self-funding government business enterprise and is the main employer of postal employees in both city and rural areas. Some postal duties (such as mail services in country areas) may be contracted out to non-government organisations. For information about application procedures or to view current vacancies, visit the Australia Post website.
A mail officer works at a mail centre or parcel facility. They may receive, sort and dispatch mail and parcels to delivery and business centres and post offices. They may lift mail bags, operate mechanical and automatic mail processing equipment and maintain postal records. Some mail officers may work as night sorters. They sort and prepare mail into frames to assist the sorting performed by postal delivery officers, and usually work between 1 am and 6 am.
A parcel post officer works at a parcel facility receiving, sorting and dispatching parcels to mail delivery and business centres, as well as post offices. They may operate mechanical mail processing equipment and load and unload mail from postal vehicles.
A postal delivery officer delivers mail to customers using a motorcycle or bicycle, or on foot.
A postal transport officer operates primarily in the general transport fleet. They may collect, transport and deliver mail between post offices, mail delivery facilities and business centres, airports and rail terminals. They clear street post boxes, undertake long-distance haulage of bulk mail, and pick up and deliver articles in the metropolitan area. Parcel post officers and most postal transport officers work in the metropolitan area. They may be required to work shifts and also on weekends. Retail customer service representatives, postal delivery officers and mail officers may work in metropolitan or country areas. Mail officers must be available to work night shifts and postal delivery officers are required to work in all weather conditions. All postal officers are required to wear uniforms, and some positions require employees to wear personal protective equipment (a helmet, for example). Some positions may require standing for up to eight hours a day.
A retail customer services representative (postal) works at a retail outlet and sells items such as postage stamps, money orders and communication products (such as mobile phones, printers and faxes). They may complete bill payment transactions and provide general customer service, as well as agency services for some banks and utility companies. They may also prepare shop displays, conduct identification checks, process Australian passport applications and process mail.