Formation of the Franchisees Association for Licensed Post Offices, The LPO Group.

Saturday the 23 March 2013 saw the steering committee elected to form the Licensed Post Offices Franchisees Association, The LPO Group.

A New Era Dawns..

Saturday the 23 March 2013 heralded the formation of the Franchisees Association for Licensed Post Offices, The LPO Group. The meeting was addressed by a director of the Franchisees Association of Australia, who outlined the way forward for the future direction of the LPO Group as a Franchisees Association. 

April Ready

It Really Can Get Worse

If Licensees have read the latest pro forma letters currently being distributed by POAAL, you may well realise things can really get a whole lot worse, if we continue to let them.

A careful reading of the April ready documents indicate that all domestic parcels will now have tracking. That would indicate an expectation that every Licensee will be inspired to scan a parcel into the mail stream. 

These pro forma letters from POAAL suggest that every parcel will also have an attached email address. Surely that also indicates the expectation that every Licensee will also be inspired to type in a customer's email address during the processing of the parcel at the counter.

Update on Mail Out

This web site has had over 6000 hits during the last week and many of us are realising that we are not alone in our desire to improve our future. Our numbers are building and we will start putting state groups together shortly. If you are keen to have more involvement in your state please contact the LPO Group via email at

A Political Year

An election in September is great news for Licensees. There is hundreds of politicians looking for votes and now is the time to use our combined force to move our mountain.

Over the last 18 months Senator Eric Abetz (Leader of the Opposition in the Australian
Senate  and part of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team) has been looking very closely at the plight of the Licensed Post Office. He has raised many of our issues at the Senate Estimates hearings, and has had some measure of success assisting individual Licensees who were up against the wall.

Mail and Parcel Contracts get the lion's share these days

In 1993 mail and parcel contracts were poorly paid jobs compared to LPOs. 20 years on and the reverse now applies. Australia Post needs the mail and the parcels to be delivered so they are compelled to pay a current fair and reasonable price, which includes all the fixed cost that a contractor is required to pay, otherwise Australia Post won't get the mail delivered!

Mail contract payments have increased by more than 100% over the last 20 years because they need to reflect all the increasing cost the contractors face.