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Deliveries delayed with Australia Post inundated during lockdown

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Australia Post has been inundated with work as more residents are kept at home during COVID-19 lockdowns.

As Victorians do more online shopping in lockdown than usual and COVID-19 restrictions impact the delivery process, Australia Post has been inundated with work.

A photo taken inside Australia Post's Sunshine distribution warehouse on Sunday morning has revealed the huge number of deliveries the post service is dealing with.

Australia Post General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Michelle Skehan admitted on 3AW today that the picture looked "a little bit terrifying".

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"It is very orderly and they are massive facilities, but look, it's not a great situation we've found ourselves in," she told 3AW.

Ms Skehan said online shopping was "booming" in Victoria - up by an estimated 30 per cent - while it was harder for Australia Post to cope with the pandemic this time than it was during earlier lockdowns.

"Even last year when we had workforce restrictions in our facilities … we could send things up to Sydney," she said.

"Because we've got Sydney, the ACT and Victoria all in lockdown it's an enormous logistical problem."

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Australia Post has paused eCommerce pick ups in Melbourne until Wednesday, however deliveries are still happening.

The delivery backlog is being worsened by 200 Australia Post workers being in isolation due to COVID-19 exposure fears.

Truck driver strikes across the country have also impacted deliveries.

The Victorian government's decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all essential workers is also expected to slow down the process.

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Source: 9News

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