Improving Australia's mail screening at the border

The Albanese Government is modernising Australia’s domestic and international mail screening, inspection and intervention arrangements to ensure they are fit-for-purpose for the modern age.

The Australian Postal Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 will improve security and clarify and improve existing regulatory arrangements so they continue to operate effectively.
The Bill will also future-proof the system against emerging risks, allowing Australia Post and border agencies to adapt their practices as required, and help support people and businesses across Australia
Proposed amendments in the Bill will also ensure that Australia Post and border agencies can more efficiently share relevant information with other agencies and authorities under strict parameters to assist in the performance of their functions and duties during investigative and regulatory activities.
The Bill also makes amendments to the Act to better deal with the forfeiture, disposal and destruction of postal articles or their contents.

Today’s postal network is fundamental to facilitating domestic and international commerce and trade, as well as the importation and exportation of goods to and from Australia, and is being driven by a growing eCommerce sector.

The measures in the Bill were developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders over an extended period, to ensure the measures are operationally fit-for-purpose regardless of further advancements in technology.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:
"The postal sector is rapidly evolving through changes in technology, consumer preferences and markets, including eCommerce driving substantial growth in international parcels.

“Australia’s mail gateways, where domestic and international mail is screened and processed, are being placed under increasing pressure due to rising volumes and threats to Australia’s biosecurity and national security. 
“It is essential that Australia is well equipped to mitigate and respond to any risks that arise in the mail stream. 
“That is why the Albanese Government is ensuring the legislation that governs the security of postal articles continues to be fit for purpose, and provides operational flexibility so our border agencies can adapt and respond to the changing threats in the environment.”