Australia Post reduce letter delivery to every 2nd day

 
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Over the past two days I’ve got to witness two absolute shining examples of Australian work ethic.

Yesterday my partner received an email and text letting her know that her tracked parcel would arrive that day which it did about 1pm. However, it only made it as far as the footpath next to our letterbox where the, let’s not beat around here, quite overweight, yellow hi-vis clad government employee sitting on his red Australia Post owned Honda motorcycle looked up at the front door of our split level home and decided that the effort he’d have to expend on dismounting from his bike and walking up nine steps was just too much to bare. Instead, he pulled out his electronic pad, tapped some things into it and rode off. An hour later my partner gets a text and email letting her know that no one was home when our friendly mailman dropped by but her parcel was conveniently ready for pickup at our local post office. This seemed strange considering we have post office red painted front door which was clearly open when our mailman called past.

Today, I got an email and text letting me know that the tracked package I was expecting was due to be delivered. Could you believe that the same yellow hi-vis clad government employee once again found that I wasn’t home though despite the once again open front door and that my parcel was available to be picked up at my local post office but not before 4pm?

Brilliant work.
The_trolley
I never had that problem in the previous area I lived - but perhaps that's because it was an area where a contractor did the parcel delivery instead of Australia Post.

I'm yet to take a punt on how things go at the new place, because I now have numerous MyPost Parcel Lockers in very convenient locations.

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  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Over the past two days I’ve got to witness two absolute shining examples of Australian work ethic.

Yesterday my partner received an email and text letting her know that her tracked parcel would arrive that day which it did about 1pm. However, it only made it as far as the footpath next to our letterbox where the, let’s not beat around here, quite overweight, yellow hi-vis clad government employee sitting on his red Australia Post owned Honda motorcycle looked up at the front door of our split level home and decided that the effort he’d have to expend on dismounting from his bike and walking up nine steps was just too much to bare. Instead, he pulled out his electronic pad, tapped some things into it and rode off. An hour later my partner gets a text and email letting her know that no one was home when our friendly mailman dropped by but her parcel was conveniently ready for pickup at our local post office. This seemed strange considering we have post office red painted front door which was clearly open when our mailman called past.

Today, I got an email and text letting me know that the tracked package I was expecting was due to be delivered. Could you believe that the same yellow hi-vis clad government employee once again found that I wasn’t home though despite the once again open front door and that my parcel was available to be picked up at my local post office but not before 4pm?

Brilliant work.
The_trolley
...and now we know why the likes of Amazon don't use the AP work conditions.

...and
  The_trolley Deputy Commissioner

Location: Banned
We never had a problem with AP here until earlier this year. I’ve had a fair few ‘you weren’t home when we called past’ cards in the last ten years and all except maybe one or two I wasn’t actually home so all good.

Prior to February we had a couple of regular motorcycle posties and a van driver who were all friendly and always seemed to be up for a yarn. There van did the bigger parcels and the bikes did the letters and small stuff. About that time though the van driver seemed to get replaced by a StarTrack dude who seems nice enough but doesn’t say too much. That’s fine. The motorcycle posties that took over from our two regulars have just been woeful though.

Judging by our dog’s reaction and what I’ve seen we now seem to get two motorcycle deliveries a day (during peak Covid anyway). One delivers letters and the other parcels. The riders seem to be a mix of some you see a fair bit and some you never seem to see again but all have suffer from the same affliction; a massive stick up their backsides. At best you get a grunt out of them if you happen to be out the front when they pull up at the letterbox but more generally they just ignore you. I’m not the only one on my block to have noticed either.

The letters are fine. They still turn up it’s the parcels though. Like everyone we’ve spent more time at home lately and have had more stuff delivered for work and whatever other reason. We’re just not getting the stuff in the satisfactory way though. We’ve been home more than we ever have but yet I’ve made more trips to the post office to collect parcels than I ever have. It’s clear what’s happening because I’ve watched them do it and it’s that these sheltered workshop yellow hi-vis wearers just can’t be bothered dismounting from their bikes and knocking on the door. They collect your stuff from the PO, take it for a joyride to fill in a couple of hours, deliver the odd one and tap the rest into their touchpad as unable to be delivered. Take them back to PO and go home.

I’m a raging leftie who hates capitalism and corporations at the best of times. My local posties are doing nothing to change my perception of Australian government workers being tall poppy suffering, sheltered workshop, (insert swear) though.
  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Currently we have a package that took 6 days from the middle of the UK to get to Perth W.A. And now been in Perth 8 days and still to get to Geraldton!!
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Apparently Australia Post had another IT systems meltdown this week:

  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
AusPost are updating our internet service on Saturday 17th October 2020 causing an outage to multiple systems and services.The outage will impact platforms that feed data into the network/system but users will still be able to access the AusPost and Startrack websites, My Post Consumer and My Post Business.
“Australia Post email 15/10/20
So the upgrade went well then?
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
And the scheduled outage was for 2200 AEST 17/10/20 until 0800 AEST 18/10/20

Yes, I would have presumed that Sydney/Melbourne would be using AEDT, apprently not though.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
And the scheduled outage was for 2200 AEST 17/10/20 until 0800 AEST 18/10/20

Yes, I would have presumed that Sydney/Melbourne would be using AEDT, apprently not though.
Aaron
Maybe, DSL is often not used internally for this sort of thing (my experience)
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Summarily dismiss her now, and the four recipients.

‘They did an inordinant amount of work’ - it was one project, and they’re continuously paid an inordinant amount of money.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
What about the plants being ordered for offices with no one there?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate has been ordered to stand aside by the Morrison government while it investigates the purchase of four $3000 Cartier watches bought as rewards for senior executives.

Scott Morrison declared he was “appalled and shocked” by the revelation and within an hour of it being aired at Senate estimates on Thursday instigated a four-week joint investigation by the Department of Finance and Department of Communications.

The departments will report back to federal cabinet.

The Prime Minister said Ms Holgate should stand aside immediately so the investigation can look into the conduct of board members and the executive team.

“That report will come back to me and my members of my cabinet and if there are issues to be addressed with board members, then they will be addressed then,” Mr Morrison told parliament.

“This all happened within an hour (of the Senate estimates evidence), so appalled and shocked was I by that behaviour because as any shareholder would in a company raise their outrage if they had seen that conduct by a chief executive, a management or a board, they would insist rightly on the same thing.

“We are the shareholders of Australia Post on behalf of the Australian people, so that action was immediate and if the chief executive wishes to stand aside, she has been instructed to stand aside, if she doesn’t wish to do that, she can go.”
Four Australia Post executives received $3000 Cartier watches after clinching a deal with three of the four big banks and other financial institutions, but the government-owned business did not know