Mail information

The following information is to be used as a guide to the delivery of mail articles to expeditioners based at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), in Antarctica or at sub-Antarctic stations.

Mail is considered as postal articles including items sent via courier or freight companies delivered to the AAD. This includes envelopes, postcards or small parcels with a maximum weight of 1 kg per item.

Mail articles that exceed 1 kg, parcels that are not easily placed into the mail bag, and items that contain dangerous goods will be shipped as ‘cargo’. These items are not transported as mail and will be consigned as personal effects delivered to stations on the next available cargo transport.

Mail items will be placed directly into mail bags at Kingston and these items will not be tracked at an individual item level. Mail bags will be consigned to available transports subject to payloads and weather conditions.

The correct format for addressing mail to expeditioners in training at AAD Kingston is as follows:

Ms A Example – Expeditioner in Training Australian Antarctic Division 203 Channel Highway KINGSTON TAS 7050

The correct format for addressing mail to expeditioners in Antarctica or Macquarie Island is as follows:

Ms A Example – Davis Station (or Casey, Davis, Mawson or Macquarie Island) Australian Antarctic Division 203 Channel Highway KINGSTON TAS 7050

Alcohol must not be consigned via the mail system.

Mail required by dates are available under each voyage or flight heading on the shipping and flight schedules page. Mail delivery must meet the nominated cargo required by date for the voyage or flight. You may also contact the Supply Services Group on 03 6232 3372 for more information.

Only available voyages/flights listed in the transport schedule will be used to deliver mail articles. It should not be expected that the AAD will be able to use other shipping options, eg tourist vessels, to deliver mail. Mail delivery to Antarctic stations by aircraft is possible, but senders must remember that delivery is not guaranteed.

All mail must adhere to the Division's environmental and quarantine requirements.