Australia Post Sending Deadlines 2022 – Cutoff Dates for Christmas Packages

The silly season is just around the corner which means the Christmas shopping – and sending – is about to kick off. No one knows about this extra festive pressure quite like Australia Post who are, simply put, bombarded at this time of year.

To help ensure all Christmas packages meant for under the tree actually arrive before Christmas Eve, they’ve shared domestic and international sending cut-off dates for 2022.

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If you want your parcel or card to make it to its destination before Christmas, then these are the dates you need to know. It can be quite disappointing to discover that a present you’re sending overseas won’t make it in time for the big day so save the last-minute gifts for stocking stuffers and get your delivery gifts done and dusted early.

Australia Post sending deadlines for domestic


Monday 12th December 2022 (except WA and NT – you will need to have your parcels ready by Wednesday 7th December 2022)


Monday 19th December 2022 (except WA and NT – this date is Wednesday 14th December)

SAME STATE CARD POST (regular post) 

Monday 19th December 2022

INTERSTATE CARD POST (regular post) 

Thursday 15th December 2022

Australia Post international cut-off dates

Every country will vary but, in general, this is what you can expect if shipping overseas. See the website for the full country list:


November 14th to November 25th 2022.

Most countries will either have the cut-off date of November 14th or November 21st. Some countries extend to November 25th 2022 including Canada and New Zealand. USA and the United Kingdom have the cutoff date of November 21st.


November 21st to December 2nd 2022.

The December 2nd cut-off includes the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. For USA and Japan, the cut-off is 28th November 2022.


November 28th to December 9th 2022.

The December 9th cut-off includes the United Kingdom, Japan, USA, New Zealand and Canada. Most other serviced countries have a cut-off date of December 5th or November 28th 2022.

Australia Post warns that items lodged after these dates may not arrive until after Christmas.

Preparing for the silly season

Take a look at our Christmas Hub, now live on the website! We’ve got some great gift ideas, plus budgeting tips and plenty of yummy Christmas recipes.


For an easy way to save $500 by Christmas, consider a game of Christmas Bingo. It’s super easy to do and, if you start this week, you’ll save $500 by Christmas Day! Better hurry though.

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We’ve also got some good tips on saving on your Christmas shopping. 


If you’re after some great gift ideas, check out our top picks for Christmas this year.

We’ve also just released our annual Christmas Gift Guide for Big Kids. Stay tuned for more gift guides every week.


Be sure to also check out last year’s most popular Christmas recipes including:

Nutella pull-apart Christmas tree


Now, onto the decorating! We’ve got some great Christmas tree ideas – as well as some cute Christmas crafts to do with the kids.

Be sure to also take a look at our guide on how to fluff a Christmas tree as well as our popular pool noodle lollipop hack.

This viral coat-hanging star hack is also one to try.


Be quick and put your name down to WIN one of the festive prizes in our annual WIN CHRISTMAS competition. It’s closing at the end of this month – October 31st 2022 – go enter now, if you haven’t already!

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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