PVCA issues recommendations to modernise Australia Post

The Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA) has submitted its response to the government consultation into the modernisation of the Australian postal service.

Building a Mail Industry Coalition with some 30 mail businesses, the submission was an industry voice across all Business Mail products.

The Coalition met weekly with insights developed across operational efficiency, gain opportunities, international postal service investment to Business Mail and trends analysis to investment and volumes.

To assist the submission, the PVCA issued an Australia Post Industry Survey which found that 77 per cent of members identified that pricing instability directly impacts mail volumes and volume impact is a volume reduction of 40 per cent.

In addition, 88.5 per cent of them said they do not believe Australia Post is providing balanced business investment into the Letters Business and 84 per cent have not seen Australia Post promoting the mail industry.

Volume incentive discounts to new volumes or entrants was seen as the highest opportunity to offer value (86.5 per cent), followed closely by stable and consistent pricing at 78 per cent.

“Given the time constraints for providing the submission, forming the coalition of mail industry related members got to the heart of the relevant issues and we drafted a submission that covered not only those issues being faced by the Business Mail channel, but also a broadly detailed range of modernising solutions that could be recommended to government and Australia Post,” PVCA CEO Kellie Northwood said.

The PVCA has called on government to recognise the vital role that the postal service provides for Australian citizens as societal trends shift and new communication channels emerge.

It emphasised the importance of the community network of post offices and posties across Australia, both regional and metropolitan, and the significant economic contribution of the 258,000 Australians directly employed across the sector and the additional 122,000 indirectly employed.

The submission furthered the consideration of pricing and operational improvements to the societal balance and role the postal service provides for all Australians.

“We firmly believe the letterbox channel has a bright future if appropriate effort is put into the channel. The letterbox’s accessibility to all Australians, regardless of socio-economic status, provides increased comprehension opportunities and bridging of the digital divide for our most defenceless citizens. We believe that modernisation efforts should not overlook the societal benefits and contributions of the postal service, and we urge the government to recognise and prioritise these benefits in their strategy,” Northwood said.

The PVCA also outlined a support for amendment to Community Service Obligations and Legislative restraints that Australia Post currently operates within – however not with complete abandonment, rather with revised compliance structures and a higher level of Industry engagement and oversight.

The three key areas PVCA has called upon include:

  • Pricing stability – seeking a multi-year forecast to pricing for all Business Mail products
  • Industry and Stakeholder engagement – seeking the development of a Mail Industry Stakeholder Committee within Australia Post which works with the Letters Business and carries a reporting line into the Executive, Australia Post Board and Government Ministers
  • Business Mail Promotion – calling for Australia Post to match dollar for dollar investment from industry across mail channel promotion to retailers, marketers, charities and investors in the channel.

“Pricing stability has a direct impact to volume stability; this simply cannot be denied. We know Australia Post and future forecast models across cost impacts volume assessments. These insights can be applied to a forecasted pricing model which industry and Australia Post can work in partnership across,” Northwood said.

“Forecasted pricing models can assist industry in their assessments across commercial investment to capex, employment and other developments of their business. Supporting the pricing stability is true consultation with industry – the current stakeholder committee does not have an industry representative, however industry represents 90 per cent of the letters volume.

“We need remedy to this and to let our customers know how effective the channel is. Mail is a marketing media channel like many others, building efficacy research and training is just as important as publishing, television, radio and other media sectors that provide media currencies and metrics to their advertisers.

“We are here to work with Australia Post and through this process have been working with the executive level regularly, which is welcomed and we continue to look to solutions together.

“It is the PVCA’s position that a modern postal service cannot be achieved without Australia Post and industry working together. I look forward to our continued insights for government, but most critically to an ongoing and productive partnership with Australia Post.”

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One thought on “PVCA issues recommendations to modernise Australia Post

  1. Once again – a very positive move
    by the Printing Industry to work together
    with Australia Post, to obtain a solution.
    Many of the printed pieces, generate
    sales, which provide Australia Post
    with business for its parcel delivery service.
    PCVA. Keep up this positive approach, but please /. Change the name of the

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