The 30 day period for the Minister to refuse the increase in the BPR expired today.
This excellent news means that from Monday the 4th Jan 2016 the BPR will rise to $1 for the basic postage rate, and Licensees will see a substantial pay rise for the first time in years.
These newletters are published and distributed to all NSW Licensees by Terry Ashcroft. Each year Terry tries to inspire us all to look out side our LPOs and grow our Industry. The information is relevant to all Licensees, but as Terry is NSW based, the mailing list is NSW only. You are welcome to print from this website.
His calendar this year is great.
Download Newsletter Here: Terry Ashcroft 2016 newsletter.pdf
Terry Ashcroft Annual Calendar :Terry Ashcroft_Calendar 2016.pdf
LPOG is looking to find you, because you are facing a very bleak future, and you need to come in and help figure out the solutions for your version of LPO, if you want to survive.
According to the PIP Report V.2 there is 155 LPOs that are in Category F - affectionately known as F Troop.
This is the only category of LPOs that have not had any increase in parcel payments from the much publicized recent increases. F Troop LPOs deliver every parcel for their area for the grand pittance of the POB scanning payment.
So are you in F Troop? If so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and help contribute to finding urgent solutions for your survival.
It has been a long tough road for many Licensee over the last few years. The increased parcel payments for many LPOs are starting to have a positive impact on the financial stress. The BPR will lift to $1 on the 4th Jan 2016 and many LPOs will be in the black for the first time in a long while. It will be glorious to be able to pay our bills and also pay ourselves for a good few months. 2 x 4 day breaks will give us all a good rest after the busy period, with the comforting thought of the advanced POB payment being available with the Jan LIPOMs. Make sure you opt in for that before the 8th Jan 2016. Enjoy the break one and all.
The Government has finally responded to the Senate Inquiry's report, handed down in September 2014.
The new Minister for Communications points out that his new job is now titled - Minister for Communications. Way back the position used to be called the Post Master General. That could give Licensees a few hints about the future priorities in the digital future.
The Minister was addressing the Telstra Digital Summit 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i09j72D_9xo
Hot off the press is ACCC's media release which details their support for the full $1.00 BPR.
The next step is for The Minister for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield to allow the prescribed 30 day waiting period to pass without objection to the price rise. As the Government has already indicated their full support for a $1.00 BPR, it will go ahead.
Over the last 15 years the LPO Industry has been sliding below the surface in terms of business survival and outcomes. This is a ridiculous situation, for what should be a robust and healthy blue chip small business network, to be in. LPOs provide postal services to almost 80% of the foot print for Australia Post, and allow Australia Post to honour the government's community service obligations. We serve hundreds of thousands of customers daily, both transactional and mail customers. LPOs should be well remunerated for our efforts. Over the last decade Australia Post has paid almost $3 billion in dividends to the Federal Governments, and LPOs contribute a large portion of the services that earn the profit to provide those dividends. LPOG members are over not having a valid share in the profitability of this industry, and we are changing this industry now.
Regrettably, with the change in the use of the postal services all over the world, there is probably far too many Post Offices, both LPOs and Corporate Outlets in many areas in Australia. The conversation about that aspect of the overall long term survival of this business needs to begin, and responsible culling needs to start in the not too distant future. Licensees need to step up to be in the numbers that do survive, or assisting with the exit strategy. Sitting back and waiting for someone else to sort out your future is not a good way to ensure a good financial outcome for yourself.