5 FREE Concession Postage Stamps upon Registration for a Mypost Card (Concession Card Required)

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With stamps prices rising from 60c to 70c next week Australia Post have launched a MyPost Concession Account that upon registration will allow eligible concession card holders to purchase up to 50 concession stamps per year. Best of all just for registering they will send you a free booklet of 5 concession stamps which can be used like normal stamps.

From their website:

Do you have a Federal Government concession card? You may be eligible for a reduced rate on domestic stamps, and other offers. Apply for a free MyPost Concession Account today!

Benefits

  • Free booklet of 5 concession stamps
  • Ability to purchase up to 50 concession stamps per year
  • Discount on Mail Hold and Mail Redirection
  • A free MyPost Concession Card and digital mailbox

How to apply

Check if you're eligible using the list below.
Complete and print out the application form.
Take the form to your closest post office, along with your valid Federal Government concession card.
Receive your free booklet of 5 stamps and your MyPost card in the mail within 14 days.

Am I eligible for a MyPost Concession Account?

The following Australian Federal Government concession cards are accepted as proof of eligibility for a MyPost Concession Account:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs Card
  • Veterans' Repatriation Health Card*

Comments

  • +2 votes

    I didn't know about any of this - thanks OP!

  • +1 vote

    The concession stamps cost 60c each, in books of 5, so not a great saving, though the freebie is good!

    • +3 votes

      Well, the 10c adds up…

    • +4 votes

      5 free stamps = $3.50
      Up to 50 stamps per year = saving $5.00
      Total max saving in the first year is $8.50 and $5.00 thereafter. Poor form Auspost, especially since it's to help pensioners/sick/veterans.

      • -5 votes

        Maths am bad

        • +5 votes

          Check again, my maths are spot on.

        • +1 vote

          5 free stamps = $3.50

          5 free concession stamps = $3.00

        • +2 votes

          Read my comment again:

          Total max saving in the first year is $8.50

          If you take up this offer then you are saving $3.50 by receiving 5 stamps which have an equivalent value of $0.70. It doesn't matter how much the concessional stamps cost, it's how much you are saving by being in the deal.

  • +6 votes

    " •Pensioner Concession Card
    •Health Care Card
    •Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
    •Department of Veterans' Affairs Card
    •Veterans' Repatriation Health Card "

    Damn this silly sticker on my supposed student card.

  • +1 vote

    What happens if you use a 60c stamp after it rises to 70c?

    Can someone with a concession card buy stamps for a non-concession user to use?

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      Your letter will be sent but you will be charged for the 10c and an administration fee which will be sent to the sender's address.

      I THINK I take no responsibility if I am wrong…

      • +1 vote

        I'm guessing they expect (and hope) a lot of people get caught out by this. The admin fee is more expensive than the postage. It's a profit for them.

        What happens if you leave the sender details empty?

        • +1 vote

          they charge the receipiant

      • +2 votes

        Usually, there is a grace period of about 3-6 months in which they overlook people using 60c stamps. Beyond that, they might hold the letter in the Post office, and you can pick it up after paying the 10c.

      • +5 votes

        I have been sent numerous letters asking to pay for underpaid mail + admin fee.

        It jumps from $1.20 to $6.95 if you go just over the 20mm thickness limit. Where is the logic in this?

        If I send two 20mm letters it is $2.40 but if I send one at 22mm thick, they want to charge $6.95 when it will take up less space in the postie's satchels, as well as handling one less item.

        I just ignore them. I refuse to pay their ridiculous charges for letters only just over the 20mm thickness limit.

        And, they can't make you pay for something you did not ask for. It was their decision to still process it.

        After the 2nd letter they give up.

        • +6 votes

          "And, they can't make you pay for something you did not ask for. It was their decision to still process it."

          They use machine which process letters and can process around 35000 letters/hr. Your thick letter jams the machine which reduce productivity and causes problems which cost them money. Thicker letters requires special machine or someone to manually hand sort which costs money.

        • +3 votes

          I understand it is because of their processing methods, but they should have another option to fill the gap in price range of letters slightly over the 20mm limit.

          I wouldn't mind putting an extra stamp or 2 on the letter, but charging $5.75 is a bit rough.

        • +5 votes

          The letter sorting machine can't process 20mm+ letters?

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          Your mail office must be really strict. I've pushed the boundaries of mail thickness and weights of letters/parcels many times and have only ever received one letter from Aus Post (and it was just a warning).

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          They could be strict, yes.. But I mail out 200+ letters in the 20mm thickness range a week. I push the boundaries on quite a few of these. I have received about 20 letters total over the past year. So a lot of them still get through fine.

          I think they are more strict when they see a business name as the return address. My guess is, they think I will pay just because it's a business. I doubt they really try with chasing up the general public about underpaid mail.

          If I could not send my letters for under ~$2.50 each then I wouldn't be able to send them at all, as I would be out of business. They need to make some adjustments to their systems and processes if they don't want people "pushing the boundaries". Like I said before, I would happily put on an extra stamp or two if they had a category for this.

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          Wow 200+ per week. Have you considered using DHL bulk mail? They get much cheaper than Auspost but I don't know what the minimum is to qualify

    • +2 votes

      they sell 10c stamps to make up the differnce

    • +1 vote

      According to this:

      How long are concession stamps valid and how long can I use them for?
      Published 17/03/2014 10.52 AM | Updated 24/03/2014 09.25 AM
      Because there is no denomination on the concession stamp, they are valid indefinitely. You can continue to use them to post letters at any time in the future.

      https://contactus.auspost.com.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/125...

      Means they don't have a value on it like 'Forever Stamps' so they can be used whenever

  • +4 votes

    This is such bs imo. Old people shouldn't have to register to get a "Auspost concession card" when they already have a (state issued) seniors card.

    • +1 vote

      It's to limit how many concession stamps someone buys.

      • +3 votes

        If the concession card has a unique number, why not use that? Then just build a DB around it.

        Or just limit it to 2 stamps per day (upon presentation of valid card from list)

        • +4 votes

          Or even just give the Austpost concession card over the counter after flashing your govt concession card – why the lengthy application process? Typical.

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      Davo1111

      State issued seniors cards apply from Age 60 for those working less than 20 hours a week.

      The 20 hours is based on the recipients declaration they only work less than 20 hours

      So there are many more who are not "concessional" as per the requirements.

      • +3 votes

        I don't really understand your point. To get the auspost concession card you have to prove your own one of the cards from the above list. Might as well just flash your card and skip the middle man.

        If they just limit stamps to 2 per day, then you stop people trying to take advantage of the system, as nobody in their right mind would go down every day to buy 2 stamps in order to save 20 cents.

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          I am not disagreeing with you on your new point.

          I was pointing out your comment, that on State issued cards they can be a different set of customers to the ones who are legitimate recipients of this deal.

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    If you use a concession stamp (purchased by someone eligible) will they check every letter with a concession stamp to see if the sender is actually eligible for concession? Sounds impractical to me, but I can get someone else to buy my stamps for me.

    • +1 vote

      Given that the bulk volume of mail that gets sorted by machine by SWLF (and I assume other depots) there would be no practical way to check.

  • +1 vote

    The concession stamps are interesting from a philatelic perspective. They do not have a value printed on it (e.g. 60c or 70c). You can see the new stamp design here. See Page 17 of http://shop.auspost.com.au/INTERSHOP/static/WFS/AusPost-Shop...

    • +2 votes

      That interested me too when I saw their image on a poster yesterday at the lpo. What happens next price increase if these same concession stamps are stored, would one of these stamps always be valid for posting a letter? What about business sized envelopes, are 2 concession stamps required?

    •  

      They could have just sold the 70c stamps to concession card holders for 60c.

      Or would they not work somehow?

  •  

    woo signed up mine today…seems like such a lol though~ so i get a 10cent discount on stamps….time to apply and ask for them seems like time wasted :D I just figure other discounts might apply later :) health care cards are rather useful

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    On quick look can't do it online you need to print form and take it into the post office. Wait an hour in the que as usual.

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      If you're a pensioner what else can you do, it's free entertainment!! :)

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      if you don't have a printer and/or can't be bothered dragging your arse to officeworks, your post office should have hard-copies of the form.

      • -1 vote

        $2.50 transport to get there, plus expense of printing hardly worth the pittence on offer.

        @tdw don't imply that pensioners are lazy I.e can't be bothered. They are put on pensions for a reasons: disabilities

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          wtf? i wasn't implying "pensioners are lazy I.e can't be bothered."

          health care card holders are eligible for concession stamps as well. and as i don't have a printer, i do most of my printing at officeworks. so instead of driving 4.5kms to my nearest officeworks, i can walk 1.5km to the post office, complete and lodge the form there and then.

          the reason they don't let you do it online is they need to sight your card.

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          or can't be bothered dragging your arse to officeworks

          Your the one that said it.

        • -1 vote

          They are put on pensions for a reasons: disabilities

          Can I join in.

          You are now implying ALL pensioners are disabled… Not true.. age is NOT a disability!!

          :)

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        Forms at Post Office. Requires basic info & concession card number.

  • +2 votes

    If you were thinking about ordering some as a "stamp collector", it looks like a stamp booklet containing 5 stamps costs $3.95 from the philatelic bureau, which is 79c/stamp. Of course if you were to take the long view as an Ozbargainer, at 79c/stamp, but with no face value, in 3-7 years when stamps go up to 80c each you could save 1c/letter by using these. :)

    •  

      Awesome idea but investing that money in a bank would give you a few cents more return

  •  

    Do state issued seniors cards count?

    • +1 vote

      No, only Australian Government concession cards as listed in OP.

  •  

    Hope some of these concession stamps pop up on the internet to buy.

    •  

      Why would anyone bother selling these online. There'd be no profit in it. Apart from 5 when signing up, they cost 60c each, limited to 50/year. Costs of purchase, listing & delivery would mean no profit for all that effort. Registering alone took over 15 minutes. Who would pay more than the cost of a 70c stamp from the Post Office?

  •  

    i have been using the old/ used stamps from few years…..Saving the environment/ trees.