A postmark is an inked rubber stamp, with an imprint that indicates the date and place. A postal worker will press the postmark onto your letter to show the stamp has been used for postage. The date on the postmark records where and when the item enters the mail system.

Postmarks are just as unique and fascinating as stamps themselves. Take a look at some of our latest ones, and learn how to perfectly place postmark ink onto your collectable items.

Latest first day of issue postmarks

Christmas 2021 postmark

Christmas 2021
Issue date: 1 November 2021

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 postmark

Christmas Island Christmas 2021
Issue date: 1 November 2021

First Regular Airmail postmark

First Regular Airmail
Issue date: 22 October 2021

RSPCA 150 Years postmark

RSPCA: 150 Years
Issue date: 19 October 2021

Holden's Final Roar postmark

Holden's Final Roar
Issue date: 7 October 2021

Nature's Mimics postmark

Nature's Mimics
Issue date: 5 October 2021

Australian Antarctic Territory: Lichen postmark

Australian Antarctic Territory: Lichen
Issue date: 5 October 2021

100 Years of The Archibald Prize postmark

100 Years of The Archibald Prize
Issue date: 28 September 2021

The Queen's 95th Birthday postmark

The Queen's 95th Birthday
Issue date: 21 September 2021

Norfolk Island Butterflies postmark

Norfolk Island Butterflies
Issue date: 21 September 2021

Wattle Wonder postmark

Wattle Wonders
Issue date: 14 September 2021

100 Years of Ginger Meggs postmark

100 Years of Ginger Meggs
Issue date: 7 September 2021

Christmas Island Turtles postmark

Christmas Island Turtles
Issue date: 10 August 2021

Full STEAM ahead! Stamp Collecting Month 2021 postmark

Full STEAM ahead!
Stamp Collecting Month 2021
Issue date: 3 August 2021

Australian Native Bonsai postmark

Australian Native Bonsai
Issue date: 27 July 2021

Norfolk Island: Museum: Maritime Models postmark

Norfolk Island: Museum: Maritime Models
Issue date: 13 July 2021

Australia’s Volcanic Past postmark

Australia’s Volcanic Past
Issue date: 13 July 2021

Australian Contemporary Sculpture postmark

Australian Contemporary Sculpture
Issue date: 6 July 2021

Ticket To Tokyo postmark

Ticket To Tokyo
Issue date: 6 July 2021

Norfolk Island: Land Snails postmark

Norfolk Island: Land Snails
Issue date: 22 June 2021

Doves and Pigeons postmark

Doves and Pigeons
Issue date: 1 June 2021

Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Manta Ray postmark

Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Manta Ray
Issue date: 18 May 2021

Migratory Shorebirds postmark

Migratory Shorebirds
Issue date: 18 May 2021

National Heritage Australia postmark

National Heritage Australia
Issue date: 10 May 2021

Lest We Forget postmark

Lest We Forget
Issue date: 13 April 2021

Rotary Australia: 100 Years postmark

Rotary Australia: 100 Years
Issue date: 6 April 2021

Australian Legends of Cricket postmark

Australian Legends of Cricket
Issue date: 26 March 2021

Holden: Australian Icon postmark

Holden: Australian Icon
Issue date: 22 March 2021

HMVS Cerberus: 150 Years postmark

HMVS Cerberus: 150 Years
Issue date: 22 March 2021

AAT: Arts Fellowship postmark

AAT: Arts Fellowship
Issue date: 16 March 2021

Edith Cowan: First Woman in Parliament postmark

Edith Cowan: First Woman in Parliament
Issue date: 2 March 2021

Ramsar Wetlands postmark

Ramsar Wetlands
Issue date: 22 February 2021

Frontline Heroes postmark

Frontline Heroes
Issue date: 16 February 2021

Royal Australian Air Force Centenary postmark

Royal Australian Air Force Centenary
Issue date: 9 February 2021

Norfolk Island Lizards postmark

Norfolk Island: Lizards
Issue date: 2 February 2021

Memorable Moments postmark

Memorable Moments
Issue date: 25 January 2021

Christmas Island Year of the Ox 2021 postmark

Christmas Island Year of the Ox 2021
Issue date: 8 January 2021

Latest temporary and permanent postmarks

Mansfield QLD 4122 postmark

First day of use: 14 November 2021
Post Office: Mansfield QLD 4122
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Mansfield QLD 4122 | 2021 Brisbane
Pictorial elements: Brisbane City Hall line drawing

Mansfield QLD 4122 postmark

First day of use: 13 November 2021
Post Office: Mansfield QLD 4122
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Mansfield QLD 4122 | 2021 Brisbane
Pictorial elements: Brisbane City Hall line drawing

Tyalgum NSW 2484 postmark

First day of use: 1 October 2021
Post Office: Tyalgum NSW 2484
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Tyalgum NSW 2484
Pictorial elements: Mount Warning outline

Robertstown SA 5381 postmark

First day of use: 1 October 2021
Post Office: Robertstown SA 5381
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Robertstown SA 5381 | 150th Anniversary Est 1871
Pictorial elements: Ram’s head and ears of wheat

Cervantes WA 6511 postmark

First day of use: 1 October 2021
Post Office: Cervantes WA 6511
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Cervantes WA 6511
Pictorial elements: Rock formation

Melrose SA 5483 postmark

First day of use: 1 October 2021
Post Office: Melrose SA 5483
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Melrose SA 5483 | Oldest town in the Flinders Ranges
Pictorial elements: Melrose PO ahead of a tree and hills

Gunnedah NSW 2380 postmark

First day of use: 1 October 2021
Post Office: Gunnedah NSW 2380
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Gunnedah NSW 2380 | Koala Capital of the World
Pictorial elements: Outline of koala with gum leaves

Clifford Gardens QLD 4350 postmark

First day of use: 10 October 2021
Post Office: Clifford Gardens QLD 4350
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Clifford Gardens QLD 4350 | Toowoomba Australian One Frame Exhibition
Pictorial elements: Windmill and stars

Clifford Gardens QLD 4350 postmark

First day of use: 9 October 2021
Post Office: Clifford Gardens QLD 4350
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Clifford Gardens QLD 4350 | Toowoomba Australian One Frame Exhibition
Pictorial elements: Large single flower head and stars

Wollongong NSW 2500 postmark

First day of use: 1 September
Post Office: Wollongong NSW 2500
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Wollongong NSW 2500
Pictorial elements: Lighthouse with land mass behind and manned sailboat on water

Bathurst NSW 2795 postmark

First day of use: 1 September
Post Office: Bathurst NSW 2795
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Bathurst NSW 2795
Pictorial elements: Mountain, race car on the road, checkered flag

Busselton WA 6280 postmark

First day of use: 1 August 2021
Post Office: Busselton WA 6280
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Ballaarat engine 150 years | Busselton WA 6280
Pictorial elements: Line drawing of Ballaarat engine

Mount Elephant Derrinallum Vic 3325 postmark

First day of use: 13 July 2021
Post Office: Derrinallum Vic 3325
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Mount Elephant | Derrinallum Vic 3325
Pictorial elements: Mount Elephant outline

Flinders University Post Office SA 5042 postmark

First day of use: 1 June 2021
Post Office: Flinders University Post Office SA 5042
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Matthew Flinders | Flinders University SA 5042
Pictorial elements: Matthew Flinders bust with ship

St Agnes SA 5097 postmark

First day of use: 31 May 2021
Post Office: St Agnes SA 5097
Type: Permanent pictorial
Postmark text: St Agnes SA 5097 | St Agnes Winery
Pictorial elements: St Agnes Winery line drawing

Campbell Town TAS 7210 postmark

First day of use: 31 May 2021
Post Office: Campbell Town TAS 7210
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Campbell Town TAS 7210 | Celebrating 200 Years
Pictorial elements: Bridge outline

Latest stamp show postmarks

Perth 2021 Stamp & Coin Show

First day of use: 31 October 2021
Show: Perth Stamp and Coin Show 2021
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: Perth | 31 October 2021 | WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Black swan

Perth 2021 Stamp & Coin Show

First day of use: 30 October 2021
Show: Perth Stamp and Coin Show 2021
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: Perth | 30 October 2021 | WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Black swan

Perth 2021 Stamp & Coin Show

First day of use: 29 October 2021
Show: Perth Stamp and Coin Show 2021
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: Perth | 29 October 2021 | WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Black swan

The four types of postmarks

National First Day of Issue

Used to commemorate the release of a new stamp on a national level. The locality name is chosen for its link to the stamp issue.

Permanent Pictorial

Reflecting something distinctive to the locality, such as penguins for the town of Penguin in Tasmania or a lighthouse if one is prominent in the area.

Temporary 

These postmarks are used on either single days or consecutive days commemorating a special event.

Individual location

Postmarks associated with a historical or geographical reflection of the local area but not necessarily pictorial and can be used to cancel first day of issue stamps only.

Applying a postmark

If you need a postmark applied to your philatelic item, head to your local Post Office. Only authorised Australia Post staff can apply postmarks. Make sure you’re getting the right kind of postmark applied. You’ll want a national postmark on a first day cover, the correct commemorative postmark for a special occasion stamp, and so on.

Request that the postmark impression is applied with clarity and precision - no smudging! Black is the only colour ink that should be used. Catch the corner of the stamp - don’t cover up the stamp design. Refer to the images below as a guide.

Single stamp

Place the postmark on the left hand side.

Pair of stamps

Should be centrally postmarked at the base of the stamps.

Minisheets

Cancel all the stamps, ensuring at least one postmark also marks the envelope.

Multiple stamps or strips

Use the least number of postmarks to cancel the most number of stamps.