The Australian Postal Corporation (formerly the Australian Postal Commission), operating as Australia Post (also known as AusPost), is the government-owned corporation that provides postal services in Australia. The head office of Australia Post is located at 111 Bourke Street, Melbourne, which also serves as a post office.
Before colonial control of mail started in 1809, mail was usually passed on by ad hoc arrangements made between transporters, storekeepers and settlers. These arrangements were flexible and depended on cooperation of the country people. It was common for early settlers to ride many miles out of their way to deliver neighbours’ mail that had been collected from informal distribution points.