Australia Post recently announced changes to its postal service. These changes included an increase to the price of the basic postage rate, and three (3) new delivery speeds. These changes may create industrial relations risks to your business if not considered properly.
Previously, the estimated delivery time for regular mail was around 1-2 business days. The new estimated delivery time is up to six (6) business days. The options available are:
Express Post Next business day guaranteed
Priority 1-4 business days
Regular up to 6 business days
Employers should be aware of these changes when using regular mail as part of industrial relations processes that involve statutory time frames. Planned processes should factor in a delay of up to 6 business days where regular mail will be used. Such processes include (but are not limited to):
- Distributing material for access and voting periods for enterprise agreements;
- Filing documents with the Fair Work Commission; or
- Complying with orders or directions of the Fair Work
It is also important to take into account if corresponding with other parties in a matter where time frames might apply later, for example, if the union requires an original copy of an enterprise agreement for signing prior to the employer making the application to the FWC for approval (which needs to be done within 14 days of a successful vote).
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