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    Mark Prosser
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    The basic postage rate for a small letter has increased over the years due to inflation but influenced in recent years by a complex interplay between Australia Post’s monopoly over small items, and need to provide service to all Australian addresses at the mandated basic rate.

    In July 2009, Australia Post requested the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to approve a stamp price rise in 2010 to 60 cents but the ACCC declined the approval of the price rise, however in April 2010, Australia Post resubmitted the proposed postal stamp rise. The ACCC approved this request on 28 May 2010 and it was published in the Government Gazette on 9 June 2010.

    On 26 December 2013, due to the heavy decline in mail usage due to competition from email, etc., Australia Post requested an increase in the base rate to 70c.

    On 4 January 2016, due to the heavy decline in mail usage due to competition from email, etc., Australia Post requested an increase in the base rate to $1.00.

    #1857
    Mark Prosser
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    • 1d – 1911
    • 2d – 1920
    • 3d – 1950
    • 5d – 1959
    • 4¢ – 1966 (Introduction of decimal currency)
    • 5¢ – 1967
    • 6¢ – 1970
    • 7¢ – 1971
    • 10¢ – 1974
    • 18¢ – 1975
    • 20¢ – 1978
    • 22¢ – 1980
    • 24¢ – 1981
    • 27¢ – 1982
    • 30¢ – 1983
    • 33¢ – 1985
    • 36¢ – 1986
    • 37¢ – 1987
    • 39¢ – 1988
    • 41¢ – 1989
    • 43¢ – 1990 (effective 3 September 1990)
    • 45¢ – 1992 (effective 2 January 1992)
    • 45¢ – 2000 (effective 1 July 2000. With the introduction of the GST, the postage component was decreased to absorb the new GST cost, so for the public there was no change in stamp prices. For businesses the GST claimable component of the postage rate was 4¢, leaving a reduced cost to business users of just 41¢.
    • 50¢ – 2003 (effective 13 January 2003)
    • 55¢ – 2008 (effective 1 September 2008)
    • Merge Print Mail begin trading (December 2008)
    • 60¢ – 2010 (effective 28 June 2010)
    • 70¢ – 2014 (effective 31 March 2014)
    • $1.00 – 2016 (effective 4 January 2016)
    • Merge Print Mail rebrands to Markis (December 2017)

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