You are here
The Ashcroft newsletter is distributed to all NSW Licensees every year by an experienced LPO broker, Terry Ashcroft, who is based in NSW.
The information contained in the newsletter is relevant to every Licensee from the bottom of Tasmania to the top of Australia, from coast to coast. We all need to take a long hard look at how accepting we are of letting someone else sort out the mess we are in. Many Licensees felt that by not paying membership fees to POAAL that we had made a difference. That has turned out to be a big mistake on our behalf. The rot did not stop.
A Christmas Message to our wonderful Licensees
The new Coalition Government has recognised the important part that small business plays in our economy by establishing a priority contact service for small business operators.
☏ 13 13 94
The success of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Small Business Helpline is already obvious having received over 2000 calls within just four days. The Helpline is available to offer advice on a range of matters including correct wage structure and workplace entitlements.
Canada looks set to change for the times
UPDATE: Submissions still being accepted via APH website HERE
- The Australian (11/12/2013): "Parliament keeps an eye on post office talks"
- SKY NEWS REPORT (12/12/2013): "Licensed post offices on watching brief"
- weeklytimesnow.com.au (12/12/2013): "Parliamentary committee to keep close eye on Australia Post discussions with post office owners"
- ninemsn (11/12/2013): "Parliament keeps eye on post office talks"
Due to an overwhelming number of submissions and issues raised, the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has made the decision to extend the Senate Inquiry entitled: Performance, importance and role of Australia Post in Australian communities and its operations in relation to licensed post offices - until March 31, 2014.
The Committee acknowledges the depth of issues raised, particularly by LPOs through individual submissions, witnesses at the Senate Inquiry Hearing and submissions made by stakeholders.
The Committee explored the immediate and long term challenges facing both Australia Post and LPOs. It goes without saying that both entities need to be successful into the future to ensure Australian communities are able to access our world class postal service and the armada of additional services Australians depend on.
Fight Now, Flourish Later.
If you haven't already seen the Senate Inquiry Public Hearing, we recommend you do so as a matter of urgency.
LPOG is a made up of Licensees who have effectively been fighting for you! This has been a massive undertaking and we need your support through membership and LPOG community involvement to continue to move forward and revitalise our industry.
Australia Post has established a help service for Licensees who are under pressure to carry on through Christmas.
If you need help getting stock, if your stock account is on hold, or you are fending off the local poaching clinic, or other issues that are tipping your sanity, please call:
☏ 1800 101 318
This service line has now finished, as at 20 December, 2013. If you are still experiencing difficulties try contacting your network Office. You never know your luck.
Please complete the Help Line Survey following your usage of this 1800 service. It is a very brief survey.
December 6, 2013 - A historical day for LPOs
For the first time since the inception of LPOs in Australia, a Senate Inquiry has explored the issues that affect the viability of the current LPO model.
Australian Senators took the time to hear our issues, understand our issues and comprehend the meaning of those issues in the context of Licensees being able to remain in business and continue serving the communities of Australia.
We encourage every Licensee to take the time to watch the whole Inquiry (Part 1 | Part 2 | Program Guide | Hansard Transcript). You will gain a valuable insight into the approach, beliefs and attitudes of the stakeholders who spoke.
A Good Day for Licensees
We are pleased to share that LPOG feels that we have had a very successful day on our journey towards seeking resolutions for the many issues experienced by Licensees.
The LPOGroup have been meeting with key stakeholders and feel that positive progress is being made. We are satisfied that the relevant parties have heard and understand our concerns and that we agree that there are issues which need to be addressed both immediately and in the longer term.