will my mail keep up? How can I prevent losing my mail?
There are several companies providing mail
redirection services such as Landbase Australia,
Mailaway Redirection Services, Mail to Follow, Pass
the Post & Post Haste Australia,
Keeping You Posted,Trail Mail and Viking Mail
Service to mention just a few.
It is important you
check out the Terms & Conditions applicable.
There is a fee for the service and non payment may
result in mail being returned to sender. Some
of these companies offer a 30 day money back guarantee on
the plan fee if not completely satisfied and even
discounts to customers who return for a second time.
people feel confident using a friend or relative to
forward their mail to them. An option a fellow
found worked for him was to pre pay everything
that is going to come up in that period (insurances,
regos, etc.,) and have all his mail re-directed to a
trusted friend. He had his friend open his mail
and for things that he couldn't prepay, he had
transferred say $1000 into his friend's bank account.
is to have your regular bills debited directly to
your bank account. For example, most local councils
and electricity suppliers offer the facility to
debit your bank account each quarter with your rates
and electricity accounts. They still send you an
account about one month beforehand so you know how
much is to be deducted. Telstra also offer a
facility where you can view your account on line
which is an advantage if you have internet
There is also service providers who can manage the
payment of all your bills such as MyOneBill Pty
Ltd. A budgeted amount is deducted from your bank
account and your registered bills go to them and
they automatically pay all your bills.
Australia Postís Mail Redirection has a facility to
re-direct your mail to another address. You can select
temporary or permanent redirection by completing a request
form. A fee applies for this service.
If you choose to use one of
the above companies that provide mail redirection you can
request Australia Post to redirect your mail to the
companyís PO Box number or simply change your postal address
to that of the companyís PO Box.
Also ask Australia Post
about Poste Restante. Mail can be forwarded by family and
friends who have a copy of your journey plan to a post
office for collection by you once you reach the destination.
By placing your family name first this will ensure the post
office files it correctly and mail will be held for up to
one month. Make sure they place a senderís address in the
event you miss collecting the mail so it may be returned.
You will need to produce some form of identification to be
able to collect your mail.
You can forward mail by
this method addressed:-
Name eg: CITIZEN John
BATEMANS BAY NSW 2536
How Do I
Vote When Travelling?
Voting is compulsory in
Australia and you can be fined for failing to vote. If you
are unable to attend your local place on election day you
Cast an "absent vote"
at any polling place in the state or territory you are
Apply in writing for a
postal vote. You will then be sent ballot papers
which must be returned before polling day
Attend one of the early opening polling booths prior to
commencing your trip. They open about two weeks before
Further information is
available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). You
can also subscribe to receive an email notification when the
next federal election is announced.