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Australia Post wants 60c stamps : ACCC concerned

Australia Post has proposed an increase in the basic postage rate from 55 to 60 cents as well as increases in costs for its other services, with the ACCC reviewing the proposal.

Australia Post“The ACCC has received a submission from Australia Post in support of the proposed price increases,” ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said.”

“This submission includes modelling of Australia Post’s mail volumes, costs, and planned savings and productivity initiatives. The issues paper invites comment from interested parties on Australia Post’s proposal.”

In 2009, the ACCC objected to a pricing proposal by Australia Post to increase the basic postage rate from 55 to 60 cents. The ACCC at that time noted that letter volumes were forecast to decline. It considered that while some of Australia Post’s costs were fixed, there was an expectation that the overall cost base would show some response to the decline in demand for letter services.

In lodging its current price notification, Australia Post has stated that the depth and duration of the decline in letter volumes has been significantly greater than it had anticipated in 2009 and that Australia Post has increased its cost reduction efforts.

Under the prices surveillance provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 the ACCC has a role in assessing proposed price increases for Australia Post’s monopoly letter services.

To assist the ACCC’s consideration of the notification, submissions are invited from interested parties on key issues. Submissions should reach the ACCC by 30 April 2010. The price notification, issues paper and submissions received will be available on the ACCC’s website, www.accc.gov.au.

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David Olsen

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