Australia Post Hiring More People for Christmas Rush

Australian Associated Press is an Australian news agency.
September 30, 2020Updated: September 30, 2020

Australia Post is recruiting more than 4000 workers to help deliver an expected record number of parcels this Christmas.

“This is a record-breaking recruitment drive for what we expect to be a Christmas unlike any we’ve had before in Australia Post’s history,” Executive General Manager for People and Culture Sue Davies said on Oct 1.

The agency wants to hire 2900 casuals and 300 full-time and part-time workers in Brisbane, regional South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.

It also wants another 900 workers to fill roles across its customer service network.

“A lot has been expected of our people this year,” Davies said in a statement, referring to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff had adapted to COVID-safe requirements, including a reduced workforce in the Melbourne facilities during its recent lockdown.

“Our people have gone over and above … and delivered for over 8.1 million households who have shopped online between March and August alone,” she said.

Last year, Australia Post received more than 23,000 applications for Christmas casual positions.

Earlier this year, more than 50,000 people applied for 1000 casual positions created to cope with the increased volume of parcels during the pandemic.

Maureen Dettre in Sydney