Hello Collectors

Welcome to the first edition of the Stamp Bulletin for the New Year, which provides a preview of the stamps and collectables that will be released during January and February 2022.

Lunar New Year of the Tiger will be the first stamp issue of 2022. The stamp designs are based on the traditional beckoning Lucky Cat figurine, which is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. The collectables from this issue are perfect for gift-giving or as a keepsake. Some, such as the postcard, postage paid envelopes and stamp pack, can be used as a very special New Year greeting.

Under Sail, as its name suggests, showcases the sport of sailing. The photographs feature three types of vessels on the open sea, highlighting the exhilaration and athleticism that are central to this popular pastime.

Our first Norfolk Island stamp issue for the year presents segments of two delightful watercolours by artist John Eyre (1771–?), which date from the early 19th century.

In 2022 we commemorate 50 years since Australia became the first country worldwide to legislate for compulsory seatbelt wearing in front and back seats. The law was designed to reduce the number of fatalities and life-changing injuries on Australian roads and is a timely reminder to remember to “buckle up”.

Our Beautiful Continent presents three exceptional and remarkable Australian landscapes from the UNESCO World Heritage list and another recently included on the World Heritage Tentative List: the Greater Blue Mountains Area, the Flinders Ranges, the Ningaloo Coast and the Gondwana Rainforests.

This edition also previews the latest in our Special Occasions stamp series, which provides versatile stamp designs for a variety of celebratory and social greetings. We provide details of our plans for celebrating gold medal performances by Australian athletes that occur at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, and we introduce the new International Reply Coupon design for those interested in this useful postage payment option.

Michael Zsolt

Manager, Philatelic, Australia Post

This content was produced at the time of the Stamp Bulletin publication date and will not be updated.