After years of lobbying by small business representative bodies, including the Franchisees Association of Australia Inc, this is good news for all Licensees. LPOG is a member of the FAA, and an LPOG Director sits on the board of the FAA which is chaired by the Hon David Beddall. Interestingly the Hon David Beddall was the Minister for Communications in 1993 when our Agreement was put in place. This legislation has been a goal of the FAA for a very long time. It has been in the planning through the last 5 small business ministers and almost got it's legs with the previous Minister Bruce Billson. There was much consternation at the FAA Board table with the loss of Bruce Billson to our cause, but we are greatly comforted that his hard work has continued to be progressed under the new Minister Kelly O'Dwyer.
The PIP Report V.2 has now been made available
Download here: LPO Network Review - PO Box and Counter Mail Activities.pdf
To determine which category you fit into, the following clarifies the answer for the question relating to LPO provides space for contractors?
Industry Consultative Forum
Australia Post met with Industry Stakeholders in Sydney on the 7 October, including representatives from LPOG and APLAC. This Forum was in response to the recommendations by the Senate Inquiry (Recommendation 6), and saw a wide range of Industry Stakeholders come together to discuss the various needs of all the Stakeholders. The main topic for the day was how the mail reforms, and the anticipated BPR rise can or will impact on the various groups, and how best that can be managed over the next few years. Apart from Licensees, contractors and direct employees, there is an estimated 150,000 secondary jobs that are related to the Postal Industry, from paper makers, envelope manufactures, mailing houses to direct marketers. Looking at how the changes in our Industry will impact on others stakeholders, and the possibilities or potential of bringing all those people along on our journey, will be the focus of this Industry Consultative Forum.
POAAL did not bother to attend this Forum either, which really is alarming for Licensees that still support that Association, or think that POAAL would be representing their interests. If POAAL doesn't consider they are an Industry Stakeholder, what are they?
Please add your voice to this campaign!
UPDATE 14/10/2015: The ACCC has confirmed that they will continue to accept submissions until 29/10/2015 - however, please see below for more details.
We all need to write a submission to the ACCC to impress upon them how good the idea of a $1 BPR is. The submissions need to be individual and personal. Form letters are not worth the paper they are printed on.
The ACCC has not objected to Australia Post's draft proposal to increase the BPR to $1. This means it will happen on the 4 Jan 2016 as the Government has already agreed it is necessary.
In order to offer a better understanding to Licensees as to how critical this lift is for LPO's viability, LPOG provides the worksheet below to show Licensees what the impacts of this lift will have on our individual LPOs.
Print off the Instuction sheet below, have your June LIPOMs in hand and open the Analysis sheet. Input data into the yellow and blue fields, and the final YTD figure at the end of your LIPOMS.
You can see how much this will change your business and it is fantastic.
The default setting for the increased BPR is set at 85c. It is quite clear that the BPR at 85c will not satisfied the viability issues for most LPOs. Once you change 85c to the requested $1 the results for most LPOs improves greatly.
The QLD Committee hosted a Suppliers Day, the 2015 LPOG AGM followed by our Gala Dinner over the October long weekend. LPOG members and guest Licensees were treated to glorious Qld weather, finished off nicely with a fireworks display at the conclusion of the After Party River Cruise.
LPOG members were delighted to welcome the Former Senator Ron Boswell and Senator Nick Xenophon who joined us for the evening festivities. Since retiring after 31 years as a Senator, Bossie has been raising the issues of small business needs in the bush. He has a very deep understanding of how important the LPOs, the IGAs and the Chemists are to rural communities, and he is as committed to assisting our cause as he was 2 years ago when he was first introduced to our mess.
Senator Nick Xenophon as always is an inspirational speaker who gets to the pointy end of issues very quickly. His words on the reality of our "David and Goliath" battle resonated throughout the room, and he satisfied a lot of our doubts and questions with his support of the pathway we have taken. So much so that when he graciously took questions from the floor, he only got one taker. He had already covered the rest.
It was quite emotional when the very appreciative Licensee body rose to their feet to give both these gentlemen a resounding, well deserved standing ovation.
Check your outlook messaging for the official update in regard to increased payments being introduced for LPOs that accommodate contractors/PDO.
An extra $1.083 for handling of carded articles for these contractors. The LPOG membership sincerely hopes that you enjoy this added shot in the arm, pre the anticipated BPR lift, which is expected to be on the 4 Jan 2016. As this increased payment, as well as the previous parcel increase, is contingent on the BPR lift, please help us to achieve the anticipated $1 BPR by adding your voice to the ACCC submissions.
The old cumbersome M2D (Mail today) product has been replaced for the last few months for a trial period for any existing customers, and any POB renewal customer who were offered the service earlier this year. The trial is being discontinued at the end of September and the new improved 'free '(for the POB holder) is being introduce for all from 1 October.
The new Minister for Communications is
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
The new Minister for Small Business is
The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer