International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Australia

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Starting with the first meter in 1927 Australia used license numbers rather than meter numbers in a complex series of steps:

1st series (1927): A1-A9 through Z1–Z9
2nd series (1930): 10–999
3rd series (1949): A10-A99 through Z10-Z99
4th series (1956): AA1-AZ9 through ZA1-ZZ9
5th series (1966): 10A-99A through 10Z-99Z
6th series (1969): 2A1-2Z9 through 9A1-2Z9

Since 1969 manufacturer-assigned meter numbers began replacing the license numbers in the stamps. The meter number with prefix can resemble a license number, and the two can be confused. Additionally, many meters with license numbers also show a manufacturer’s prefix.

License numbers are occasionally found colorless on a solid ground. This variety is not recognized in the listings. Other varieties worth noting but which are not cataloged are:

• TM varieties such as inverts, negative lettering • TMs containing “RELIEF” indicating a meter on loan while a customer’s machine is being serviced
• TMs containing “TRIAL” indicating a meter in live testing • TMs containing “DATE POSTED” instead of a town name
• Meter numbers boxed or unboxed • £sd value figures with capital or lower case pence indicator (D/d) with or without a dot below
• Variable size digits in the F/V on fixed value (FV) and limited value (LV) machines • Date with month in letters, Arabic digit, or Roman numeral

The stamps are grouped according to appearance and usage:

A – Upright rectangle with straight-line frame
B – Curved ribbon frame
C – Flag inside wide rectangle with simulated perforation frame
D – Straight-line frame containing large map of country
E – Frameless rectangle with pictorial design at left
F – Frameless rectangle with flowers at sides
G – Wide rectangle with kangaroo design and straight or dashed-line frame or with-out frame
H – Square with simulated perforation frame
I – Horizontal rectangle with straight-line frame
J – Square with herringbone pattern at sides
K – Square frank made up of mostly horizontal lines
L – Horizontal frameless frank with Koala bear
M – Designs containing a data matrix field (2D barcode)
PO – Special stamps for Post Office use

The country converted from Sterling (£sd) to decimal currency on 1 October 1965.

NOTES: Variable rate Post office stamps with pre-printed animal designs were introduced in 1993. The stamps do not include a post office ID or a date. They are not covered in this catalog.

Meters were used extensively for Railway Parcel Post in Australia. These stamps are not federal government issues and are not covered in this catalog.

For specialized information about the meter stamps of Australia, see History of the Franking Machine in Australia, by Richard Peck, Australian Postage Label & Meter Catalogue, by Richard Peck, Collect Meter Stamps, Part 1 and Part 2, by Richard Peck, Profiles of Australian Franking Machines and Postage Meters a CD publication by Richard Peck, and Handbuch der Australischen Absenderfreistempel und Machinen by Heinz Bossert.

GROUP A: Upright to nearly square frank with straight-line outer border and separate circular TMEdit

A0.1. Neopost" (FV), 1927. [Extremely rare, one example known. Value uncertain, perhaps $1000]

Upright design with large circle containing the value figure.
Large "POSTAGE PAID" nearly surrounds the value figure.
L# in circle between value figure and "AUSTRALIA" in the bottom panel.
This is a locally engraved die used for several months by the
Neopost agency until factory dies arrived from England in 1928.
Value: 1½d

A1. Neopost" (FV, LV-2/3/6/8), 1928.

Similar to Type A0.1 but "POSTAGE PAID" is smaller,
the license number is in an oval rather than a circle,
and "AUSTRALIA" has a curved top.
£sd values: 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 5, 6, 6½, 7, 8, 9, 11, 1/- [$10]
£sd values: 2/-, 4/- [$100]
Decimal values: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18 [$20]
a. Value figures with fragment of simulated perforation below
b. License number with “N” prefix
c. TM with double inner and outer rims and negative lettering. The license number also is in negative figures. (720)
d. License number in negative figures but TM is normal DC. (N761, NB13)

A2. Universal Postal Frankers “Midget” (LV-2/3/5), 1928. [$15]

Similar to Type A0.1 but frank is nearly square.
TM: normally DC
£sd values: ½d to 1/-
a. M# not in oval
b. With rays emanating from the oval containing the meter number. [$25]
c. TM: SC (L# X6)
d. TM without outer rim (L# Q4)

A3. Universal Postal Frankers “Multi-Value” (MV), 1936. [$10]

With POSTAGE PAID in curved panel above circle.
L# usually at lower right of circle but can be at lower
left or split between the two sides.
£sd V/F: 0 0/0 0/0(½)

A4. Universal Postal Frankers “Multi-Value” (MV). [$20]

As Type A3 but sides of inner circle cut out to
make room for larger V/F. L# V88 only seen.
£sd V/F: -/-0/-
Decimal V/F: =0.oo

A5. Universal Postal Frankers “Multi-Value” (MV), 1948. [$5]

As Type A3 but with semi-circle open at the bottom instead of circle.
L# at lower right.
£sd V/F: 0 0/0½ 00/0½
Decimal V/F: =0.00

A6. Roneo Neopost (LV-6/8), 1948. [$25]

Unique design with vertical lines throughout.
POSTAGE PAID in straight panel at top with
AUSTRALIA in curved panel below it.
Value at bottom center. L# ST4 only.
£sd value: 5d seen
Decimal values: 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10, 15, 20, 25

A7. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1956. [$5]

Frank with vertical lines at sides.
POST PAID in curved panel at top, AUSTRALIA at bottom.
“RN” prefix at left, L# at right.
£sd V/F: =0/= =
Decimal V/F: =0.00

A8. Pitney Bowes “Simplex" (LV-24/25), 1951.

Almost identical to type A5 but smaller frank, and spacing
between TM and frank wider. L#, or M# with “PB” or “S” prefix
or without prefix.
£sd values: ½d to 1/-, 2/1
Decimal values: .01 to .25

GROUP B: Outer frame of frank is curved ribbonEdit

B1. Roneo Neopost' (LV-6/8), 1948.

Kangaroo in center. ID# with boxed “N” and later “VE”, “VX”, and "WA" prefixes.
£sd Values: 1d to 2/-
£sd Values: 4/-, 6/- [$150]
Decimal Values: 01 to 25
a. Kangaroo removed (L# GG8)
b. Without box around "N" prefix
c. With a small segment of simulated perforations below the value figure. These appear on stamps with "WA" prefix that had British type value slugs. They are known used between 1959 and 1965.

B2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1956.

Sheep at top center, outline of country at bottom center.
L# with “RN” prefix.
A. Sheep and country outlined
B. Sheep and country solid (L# “RN BE3” only) [$10]
C. As A, but without inner box around the value figures
£sd V/F: =0/0=
Decimal V/F: •00 0•00 =0•00

B3. Roneo Neopost “205” (MV), 1963.

As Type B2 but smaller frank.
“NE” prefix at left.
TM: BIC with tall, narrow date figures
£sd V/F: ’0 —
Decimal V/F: 0.00

B4. Roneo Neopost “205” (MV).

As Type B3 but value figures partially or completely boxed.
A. M# with “NE” prefix
B. M# with “RN” prefix
£sd V/F: ’0 —
Decimal V/F: .00 .00 0.00 0 00

B5. Roneo Neopost “105” (LV-10), 1965.

Very similar to Type B4 but narrower frank.
“N” and later “X” prefix at left. Date figures short.
£sd Values: 1d to 2/1
Decimal Values: 01 to 25
a. Military stamp, with “NAVAL P.O.” in the town mark [$5]

B6. Roneo Neopost “105” (LV-8). [$10]

As Type B5 but frank with outer frame, L# and value only.
One meter only, L# CG8.
Values seen: 10, 11

GROUP C: Flag design inside wide rectangle with simulated perforation outer borderEdit

  • Straight-line town mark within the frank frame.

C1. Universal Postal Frankers “Multi-Value” (MV), 1953.

Frank approximately 70 mm wide.
Usually with "POSTAGE PAID", large or small, at top right, but also with ornaments in that spot.
A. "POSTAGE PAID" in one line
B. "POSTAGE" / "PAID" in two lines
C. With “£ / s / d” or “£ | s | d” below "POSTAGE PAID"
D. With a solid bar replacing POSTAGE PAID [$5]
E. With three horizontal lines replacing POSTAGE PAID [$5]
V/F (£sd): 0/0 —‘–0’—
V/F (decimal): 0.oo =0.00
a. Town line and license number boxed
b. Inscribed "ROYAL VISIT / HQ.". Meters RV1 and RV2 used during the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 1954 [$200]

C2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1965. [$20]

Extra wide frank, approximately 83 mm wide.
Simulated perforations in frame are square rather than semi-circular.
Very wide design. One meter only, L# VJ3.
V/F (£sd): =0/= =

C3. Neopost “205” (MV), 1965. [$20]

Similar to Type C2 but much narrower design, only 55 mm wide.
One meter only, L# VJ6.
V/F (£sd): ’0 —
V/F (decimal): 000

GROUP D: Straight-line frame containing large map of countryEdit

D1. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV), 1960.

L# in box in upper left corner with airplane below.
A. Airplane is almost horizontal, break in coastline near the plane
B. Airplane aimed downward, coastline is complete near the plane
£sd V/F: =0/0 0/0= =0/0= =’–0’= =
Decimal V/F: 0 00 0.00 =0.00
a. M# unboxed
b. M# vertical outside right frame line
c. M# replacing map of Tasmania at bottom (12520)
d. The plane is known altered and re-engraved on a few machines

D2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). [$5]

As Type D1 but M# and prefix vertical in panel at right.
The M# can be stacked, reading up or reading down.
Prefix “PB” or “A”, “PBA”, “AX” or nil.
A. The box at upper left is blank
B. The box at upper left is solid
C. Without box at upper left
Decimal V/F: =0.00 0.00
a. M# stacked outside frame line at right, not in panel
b. With a number in place of the island of Tasmania at bottom

GROUP E: Frameless horizontal rectangle with pictorial design at left. Most of the rest of the frank consists of straight horizontal linesEdit

Sub-group EA: Pictorial design is plane, country map, and surferEdit

EA1. 1969, Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-25), 1969.

Frank nearly square.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “PB”, “PBS” prefix or without prefix.
Values: .01 through .25
a. With L# instead of M#

EA2. Pitney Bowes “5000”, “6200” (MV), 1965.

Horizontal design.
M# with “PB” or “PBF” prefix.
A. With box around value figures
B. Box around value figures open at right
C. Without box around value figures
V/F: 0.00 00.00
a. Error, with “PBE” prefix
b. As A, without M#, printed in black, experimental Post Office use in 1993 [$10]

EA3. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV), 1978. [$5]

Similar to Type EA2 but smaller.
With box around value figures.
M# with “PB/R” prefix.
V/F: 0.00

EA4. Neopost "205" (MV). [Exceptionally rare. Value unknown]

This stamp is known by a single example.
The value figures are unboxed, and the meter number has no prefix.
L# negative "88x" within solid bar.
TM: SC with tall date figures
V/F: 000

Sub-group EB: Pictorial design is the Southern Cross star groupingEdit

EB1. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV), 1972.

"AUSTRALIA" at top, "POSTAGE PAID" at bottom.
M# with “PB” prefix vertical at right reading up (normally) or down.
V/F: 0.00
NOTE: If the town mark reads “CHRISTMAS ISLAND”, see Christmas Island.

EB2. Pitney Bowes “A/B900” (MV), 1988.

Similar to Type EB1 but wider design.
M# below Southern Cross.
M# with “PBM” prefix left of "POSTAGE PAID".
V/F: 00.00

EB3. Pitney Bowes “6900” (MV), 1988.

Similar to Type EB1 but taller.
“PBB” or “PBE” prefix above the M# left of "POSTAGE PAID".
V/F: 0.00

Sub-group EC: Pictorial design is a Koala bearEdit

EC1. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV), 1995.

Koala bear climbing branch in center.
Without horizontal lines in frank.
M# with “PBD” prefix.
V/F: 00.00
a. Without M# (Post Office use) [$10]

GROUP F: Frameless frank nearly square with flowers at sidesEdit

F1. Roneo Neopost "105" (LV-8/-10), 1969. [$5]

Small frank with value at bottom. M# and POSTAGE PAID in center.
Prefixes: “R”, “RV”, “VR”, “VE”, “N”, “VX”, “C/S”.
Value figures with or without dot at left center.
A. Narrow frank ~22-23 mm
B. Wide frank ~27 mm wide
Values (with or without leading stop): 03 through 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20 , 22, 24, 25
a. POSTAGE PAID above M# instead of below

F2. Roneo Neopost “105” (LV-10), 1969.

As Type F1 but value in center, "POSTAGE PAID" and M# at bottom.
Prefixes: “X”, “RNX”, “VX”, “RV”, “RNE”, “N”, “CS”, “C/S” or nil.
A. Frank small, 25 x 24-25 mm
B. Frank large, 29 x 28 mm [$10]
Values: •01 through •25
a. Value single digit, i.e. “6” rather than “06”
b. Error, with “POST PAID” instead of “POSTAGE PAID” [$10]

F3. Roneo Neopost “205/2205” (MV), 1969.

Similar to Type F2 but multi-value and slightly larger frank.
Prefixes: “V”, “VE”, “E”, “EG”, “C/S”, “CS”, or nil.
A. Frank 24 mm square. Date figures tall ("205" model)
B. Frank 25 mm square. Date figures short ("2205" model)
V/F: 0 00 0.00
NOTE: This type can have a slogan in a color different from the stamp

F4. Roneo Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1969.

Similar to Type F3 but larger frank (like F2B), 29 x 28 mm, and wider spacing.
Prefixes: “FME”, “F”, “VF”, “C/S”, “V”, “VE”.
V/F: •00 0•00

F5. Roneo Neopost “505/405” (MV), 1969.

Frank noticeably wider than tall, 32 x 25 mm.
Prefixes: “B”, “VB”, “LB”.
V/F: 00 000 0•00 •00 0000 00•00

F6. 1983, Neopost Alcatel “Electronic” (MV), 1983.

Thick vertical bars mark the sides of the value box.
M# with “EFM” prefix.
V/F: 0,00

GROUP G: Wide design with kangaroo and boomerang, with or without outer borderEdit

G1. Roneo Neopost “105” (LV-8/-10), 1969. [$5]

With single outer frame line enclosing the town mark and the frank.
Value figures boxed. Prefixes: “X”, “C/S”.
Values: 01 to 25 •01 to •25

G2. Roneo Neopost “105” (LV-10). [$5]

As Type G1 but without outer frame.
Value figures unboxed. M# with “X” prefix.
Values: 01 to 25 •01 to •25

G3. 1969, Postalia “PS3” (MV), 1969.

Similar to Type G1 but taller and narrower frank.
With outer frame line of various thickness, usually dashed.
Value figures unboxed. Prefixes: “CS”, “C/S”, “ADS” or nil.
A. With box around value figures
B. Without box around value figures
V/F: .00
a. Outer frame lines at sides only, open at top and bottom
b. With part of boomerang removed

G4. Postalia “PS3” (MV). [$5]

As Type G3 but without outer frame line.
Prefixes: "ADS", “CS”, “C/S”.
A. With box around value figures
B. Without box around value figures
V/F: .00

G5. Postalia “PS4” (MV), 1983.

Similar to Type G3 but the town mark is outside the outer frame line.
M# with “PS” or nil prefix.
V/F: 0000 00.00

GROUP H: Square frank with simulated perforation outer border. Small sheep at top rightEdit

H1. Satas “Baby” (MV), 1965.

Simulated perforation border on all four sides of frank.
"POSTAGE PAID" below "AUSTRALIA" at top.
"SATAS" at bottom above M#.
Column of wavy lines at left and right.
V/F: 0.00 00

NOTE: This type can have a slogan in a color different from the stamp

H2. Satas “Baby” (MV).

As Type H1 but with straight frame line and no wavy lines at right.
M# 169701-169850
V/F: 00.00

H3. Satas/Neopost “Electronic” (MV), 1985.

As Type H1 but with bars added at sides of value box.
M# with “TAC” or “GBC” prefix.
V/F: 0,00

H4. Satas/Neopost SM26” (digital), 1998.

Similar to Type H3, but "AUSTRALIA", "POSTAGE PAID" and "SATAS" much thicker.
TM and frank spaced very close together.
M# with “GBC” prefix.
V/F: 0.00

GROUP I: Horizontal rectangle with straight-line outer frame.Edit

AUSTRALIA in panel at top, M# and POSTAGE PAID in panels at bottom. Southern Cross star pattern at left

I1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1983.

Distance between centers of date and value figures is 37mm.
M# with “H” prefix.
A. The panel at bottom is divided unevenly, narrower at left, wider at right
B. The panel at bottom is more or less evenly divided
V/F: 00.00

I2. Ascom Hasler “Smile” (MV), 1997.

Nearly identical to Type I1B but larger, with 40mm between centers of date and value figures.
M# with “A” or "H" prefix.
V/F: 00.00

GROUP J: Square frank with herringbone pattern at sidesEdit

J1. Neopost “2205” (MV), 1989.

M# with “J” prefix.
V/F: 0.00

GROUP K: Frank frame made up mostly of horizontal linesEdit

K1. Alcatel “9000” (MV), 1990.

With "ALCATEL" above M# at bottom.
M# with “GBC” or “EFM” prefix.
TM: DC, SC, no outer rim, nil
V/F 0.00

GROUP L: Horizontal frameless frank with Koala bears on branchEdit

L1. Pitney Bowes “PostPerfect” (digital), 1995.

With “PBX” prefix.
V/F $000.00

GROUP M: Designs containing a digital data matrix (2D barcode). Australia Post calls this design “FuturePost”.Edit

* No town or post office name indicated. Origin indicated only by an identification number.

Sub-group MA: Small data matrix below the value figuresEdit

* AUSTRALIA/ POSTAGE PAID in circular town mark

MA1. Pitney Bowes “PostPerfect” (digital), 1999.

Frank frame 23 x 22 mm.
M# with “P024” or “P043” prefix reading up between frank and TM.
Two columns of numbers at left of TM.
V/F 00.00o

MA2. Pitney Bowes “Gem” (digital), 1999.

Frank frame 29 x 20 mm. M# with “P01” prefix reading
up in two columns between frank and TM.
Two columns of numbers at left of TM.
Printed with ink jet technology that leaves a horizontal
linear texture to the value figures and other elements.
V/F 00.00o

MA3. Pitney Bowes “B900” (MV), 1999.

Frank frame 27 x 23 mm.
Data field breaks bottom frame line.
M# with “P03” prefix reading up between frank and TM.
V/F 0.00

MA4. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV), 2000.

Frank frame 30 mm square.
M# with “P05” prefix reading up between frank and TM.
V/F 00.00
a. Without meter number

MA5. Hasler “Smile” (MV), 1999.

Frank frame 32 mm square.
M# with "3011", "3026", "3086" or "3096" prefix reading up between frank and TM.
V/F 0.00 : 00.00 :

Sub-group MB: Large, square data matrixEdit

* POSTAGE PAID AUSTRALIA at bottom left.

NOTE: Inkjet versions of these stamps appear occasionally as half (top or bottom) impressions due to one inkjet malfunctioning". This variety can occur with most of the types listed.

MB1.1 Neopost “SM26” (digital), 1999.

M# with “2060” or “2070” prefix vertical at right of data field.
V/F: 00.00o

MB1.2. Neopost “IJ25”, "IJ35", "IJ40" and "IJ45" (digital), 2001.

As type MB1.1 but the value figures and town line are closer to the 2D data field.
M# with “2040”, "2050", "8030" or "8040" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o

MB1.3. Neopost “IJ65”, "IJ70", "IJ80", "IJ90" and "IJ110" (digital), 2000.

A. Data field with simulated perforation outer frame line with small break in the middle of each side
B. Without the outer frame line
M# with “2080” or "8090" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o 000.00o

MB2.1. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” and "OptiMail" (digital), 2000.

Data field as with Types MB1.1 and 1.2.
Value figures heavier than on Types MB1 and 2.
M# normally with “FT1” or "FT2" prefix, but a few machines were assigned "ET1" or "ET2" prefixes.
V/F: 00.00o

MB2.2. Francotyp-Postalia "UltiMail 45 / 65 / 65 / 95 / 120" (digital).

Value figures and lettering tall and narrow, 11mm tall by 4mm wide.
M# with "EU", "FU" or "MU" prefix, "-U4" for the 45, "-U6" for the 65, "-U9" for the 95 and the 120.
V/F: 00.00o

MB2.3. Francotyp-Postalia "PostBase" (digital).

Very similar in appearance to MB2.2 but with six bank value figures.
As shown in the image at right, the machine can print an extended slogan much wider than the stamp.
M# with "MP6" prefix.
V/F: 000.00o

MB3. Frama (digital).

Value figures narrow and medium in height, 9 mm tall.
A. “EcoMail” model, M# with "1010" prefix
B. “OfficeMail” model,. M# with "1110" prefix
C. “MailMax” model, M# with "1220" prefix
D. “Matrix” model, M# with "131" and "141" prefix
V/F: 00.00o

MB4.1. Pitney Bowes “DM500”, "DM550", "DM800" and "DM900" (digital).

Value figures 11 mm tall.
M# with P1111 or "P1211" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o

MB4.2. Pitney Bowes “DM100/100i” or "DM100 series Enhanced" (digital).

As Type MB6 but M# with "P1715" or "P2551" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o
a. Printed in blue rather than red (P171503292 only)

MB4.3. Pitney Bowes “DP100", "DP200" and "DP400" (digital).

Simulated perforation frame around data field.
M# with "P14" or "P15" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o

MB4.4. Pitney Bowes “K700" (digital).

As types MB4.1 and 4.2 but M# with "P1919" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o

MB4.5. Pitney Bowes "DM300" (digital).

Similar to Types MB6 and MB6.1 but M# with "P2331" prefix.
V/F: 00.00o

MB4.6. Pitney Bowes "Connect+" (digital).

As Type MB9 but the meter number height is same as the data matrix height.
M# with "P3011" prefix.
This is the first meter with Group MB frank allowing stamps with postage value of $100 and above.
The Connect+ model can print multi-colored slogans across the entire top of the envelope left of the frank.
V/F: 000.00o

NOTE: A company called Officeworks produced and sold packets of ten envelopes prepaid with dateless stamps from meter P301155230. Denominations known at this time are 60 cents, $1.20 and $1.80.

Sub-group MC: Horizontal data matrix at lower leftEdit

No indication of country of origin except circled "P" POST logo.

MC1. Neopost “IS” series (digital), 2012.

P POST logo inside solid bar above the value figures.
M# at bottom right:
  • with “8N1010” prefix (IS-350/420/440/480)
  • with "8N1020" prefix (IS-280)
  • with "8N1030" prefix (IS-6000)
V/F: 000.00o

GROUP PO: Special stamps used only in Post Offices.Edit

NOTE: See types EA2A and EC1 for other stamps used in post offices.

PO1. T.I.M. (LV-?), 1951. [$50]

Stamps printed on gummed paper tape in red, purple or orange.
With boxed “PARCEL POST” reading up at left or at right.
Frank size (not including PARCEL POST box) 52 x 31 mm.
TM open at sides, value box with single straight line frame.
Values seen:
1d, 6d, 1/-, 1/4, 1/5, 1/8, 1/10,
2/3, 2/6, 2/11, 3/9, 5/-, 5/5, 5/11

PO2. T.I.M. (LV-?), 1953. [$50]

Similar to Type PO1 but smaller, 46 x 22 mm.
TM closed at sides. Value box open at top and bottom.
Used at "CLARENCE ST, N.S.W." and "HAYMARKET, N.S.W.".
Values seen:
1d, 6d, 1/-, 1/4, 1/5, 1/8, 1/10,
2/3, 2/6, 3/9, 5/-, 5/5, 5/11

PO3. NCR (MV), 1957. [$5]

Stamp printed in red, orange, purple, brown or yellow on plain white tape.
Inscription in two groups: post office name and “POSTAGE PAID” in center, date and value figures at bottom.
“POSTAGE PAID” above or below Post Office name.
£sd V/F: 0•0•0
Decimal V/F: 0•00 00•00

PO4. NCR (MV), at least 1968. [$5]

Similar to Type PO3 but inscription in four groups:
A. From top to bottom: “POSTAGE PAID”/ date/ S# and value figures/ "POSTAGE PAID” and post office ID
B. As A, but without “POSTAGE PAID” at top
C. From top to bottom: Post Office ID/ date / S# and postage/ "POSTAGE PAID"
D. As C, but with dotted lines at bottom instead of "POSTAGE PAID"
V/F: $oo00.00-

PO5. Heugin “KA4511” (MV), 1975. [$5]

Printed in orange or pink-red on white tape wider than tall.
Post office name at top above “POSTAGE PAID”, value figures and date at bottom.
Year figures vertical.
V/F: $00.00

PO6. Sharp (MV), 1983 at least. [$10]

Printed in purple on upright, narrow white tape.
Post office name at top, then date, then value figures, machine ID
and other data at bottom.
V/F: 0.00

PO7. Hytech Aust “Postal Charges Calculator” (MV), 1984. [$25]

Printed by ink-jet in purple on white tape.
“POSTAGE PAID” above “AUSTRALIA” at top, followed by ID number
and date, two lines of numbers, and the value at the bottom.
Printed in purple.
V/F: $0•00
a. Used on tape with underprint

PO8. Hytech Aust “Postal Charges Calculator Mark 1” (digital), 1985.

Similar to Type PO7 but “POSTAGE PAID/ AUSTRALIA POST” at top,
followed by ID number and date, 7-digit number, and the value figures at the bottom.
Printed on tape with full underprint design or underprint at sides only.
Printed in purple or black.
V/F: $$$$0•00
a. Printed on plain white tape [$10]

PO9. Hytech Aust “Postal Charges Calculator Mark 2” (digital), 1988.

“POSTAGE PAID/AUSTRALIA” underlined at top, followed by post office name
and number, machine ID, time and date, with value at bottom.
Tape with underprint design only along sides.
V/F: $$$$0•00
a. Printed on plain white tape [$10]
b. Printed on tape with full underprint

NOTE: The receipts look like the stamps but read “AUSTRALIA POST/THANK YOU” at top.

PO10. Hytech “Combined Scale Calculator” (digital), 1990.

“AUSTRALIA”/ value figures/ “POSTAGE PAID” at the top with brackets at the sides.
Printed on white tape with underprint design at sides.
Underprint in mauve or gray. Stamp in gray/black or purple.
Bottom line text as follows: date, time, weight.
V/F: $0.00

PO10.1. Hytech “Combined Scale Calculator” (digital).

As Type PO10 but the town name appears bewteen "AUSTRALIA" and the value figures.
The text in the bottom line is different from PO10: date, time, post code, and 6-digit number.
Printed on paper without underprint.
V/F: $0.00

PO11. Hytech “Combined Scale Calculator” (digital). [$10]

As Type PO10 but with koala bear and kangaroo replacing the brackets.
V/F: $0.00

PO12. Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) “A” (digital), 1991. [$10]

Dotted bars at top and bottom of stamp. “AUSTRALIA” underlined
below top bar, “Postage Paid” above bottom bar. Postage value in red.
Printed by ink-jet on white tape with underprint design at sides.
V/F: $0.00 (red)
a. Value in black [$50]

PO13. EPOS “Ezipost” (digital), 1992.

Similar to Type PO12 but with dashed lines instead of dotted bars at top and bottom.
“AUSTRALIA” not underlined. Value in gray-black instead of red.
Printed on tape with overall underprint in gray or pink or with underprint at the sides only.
A. “From” and post code below value figures
B. Weight and “to” destination country below value figures.
V/F: $0.00 $00.00
a. In purple instead of gray-black [$20]
b. With “GST Free” above value figures

PO14. “Postal Services Unit” (digital), 1995. [$5]

With dotted line at top and bottom as with Type PO13 but the top line has a 6-digit number at right.
Sequence of inscriptions between the dotted lines:
“POSTAGE PAID”/ post office name / “AUSTRALIA”/ value figures/ date, time, machine ID, transaction ID
V/F: 00¢ $00.00


PO15. EPOS (digital), 2008.

Unframed stamp on plain, white self-adhesive label with rounded corners.
Sequence of inscriptions from top: "AUSTRALIA" / post office name / value figures / weight and destination / machine ID, time and transaction ID / "Postage Paid"
A. Country name with or without mail class alone at top
B. With image of hand holding a stylus added at top center (2013)
V/F: $0.00 $00.00
a. With bar code at left. Two types:
* Until June 2011, a generic barcode possibly identifying the origin or destination (shown)
* After June 2011, a tracking or registration barcode
b. Stamp generated at philatelic or public event showing name of the temporary show post office
c. "Additional Paid" rather than "Postage Paid"


  • On some stamps the weight can show as "xxxx". Also on some stamps an extra line line of text identifying extra services can be found. Known: Optional Extras, Express Post, Priority Letter
  • The stamp normally does not have a barcode. Shown is a stamp for registered mail that includes a barcode.
  • Although generated by a machine at the Post Office counter this stamp is nearly identical to stamps generated by self-serve kiosks within post offices. The differences between the stamps are very slight.

PO16. EPOS (digital).

One stamp seen appearing as a registration label except that it includes "This is not a receipt" and a postage value.
The two lines of text below "This is not a reciept" (at center) are as follows:
  • "SAT" (for satchel), weight, value figures
  • 13-digit code (tracking number / counter position / cumulative transaction number)
The country of origin is identified only in the value figure prefix of "AU".
machine ID, time and transaction ID/ "Postage Paid".
V/F: AU$00.00

NOTE: The stamp is reported to fade quickly.

PO17. EPOS (digital), 2013.

As Type PO15 but with replacement printer.
The text font is taller, and the arrangement of elements is slightly different.
A. With tracking or registration barcode at left
B. With square 2D barcode
C. Without barcode, blank on left side of label
V/F: $0.00 $00.00

PO18. EPOS (digital), 2016.

As Types PO15 and PO17 but the printing is of higher resolution with smooth diagonals to the letters and numbers.
The value figures are repositioned lower on the stamp, just above "Postage Paid" at the bottom.
A. With tracking or registration barcode at left
B. Without barcode
V/F: $0.00 $00.00

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