Australian stamp issues
Every stamp tells a story. We’re reminded of how we live now, or memorable moments from times past. This is why stamp collecting is such a popular hobby around the world, and new stamp issues bring such joy.
Here are our stamp issues from the last few years. Want to look at older stamps? We’ll gradually be adding more releases…stay tuned.
The gemstones shown in the stamp designs are in the collection of the Australian Museum, in Sydney.
Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan
This commemorative issue celebrates the sesquicentenary of the birth of Sir Arthur Streeton and the centenary of the birth of Sir Sidney Nolan.
AAT: East Antarctic Deep Sea Creatures
This stamp issue features several deep sea creatures that contribute to the unique biodiversity of the waters off East Antarctica.
The four featured jetties from around the country, all wooden, include those at Busselton, Tumby Bay, Shelley Beach and Kincumber.
The heart and the red rose have long been symbols of love and devotion. This stamp issue introduces two new designs for social mail users and event organisers.
Norfolk Island Waterfalls
This stamp issue showcases the contrasting scenery at each waterfall...
Christmas Island Year of the Rooster 2017
The Year of the Rooster is the 10th sign in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.
Australia has issued Christmas stamps annually since 1957 and was the first country in the world to commence an annual program.
Christmas Island Christmas 2016
Christmas Island is an external Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres north-west of Perth.
Art of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
This stamp issue celebrates creative culture on Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
A Century of Service: The Vietnam War
The third in the series exploring conflicts involving Australian troops since World War I focuses on The Vietnam War (1955–75).
Australian Animals Monotremes
Echidnas and Platypuses are the only surviving monotremes (egg-laying mammals) in the world.
Endangered Wildlife - SCM 2016
This stamp issue represents endangered animals that are part of current zoo and/or other conservation programs in Australia.
Dirk Hartog’s Landing: 400 years
The story of Captain James Cook and his landing at Botany Bay in 1770...
AAT ice flowers
The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) has three year-round research stations...
Seabirds of Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island is home to a number of bird species, over 20 species of seabirds...
Fair Dinkum: Aussie Alphabet part 2
On 16 August 2016, part 2 of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet series will be released...
Rio 2016 Australian Gold Medallist stamps
For each Australian gold medal performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to date...
50 years of Play School
Play School is Australia’s longest running children’s television program...
Owls: Guardians of the Night
On 5 July 2016, Australia Post released its latest stamp issue, Owls...
Hurley’s Journey, 1914–16
Many stamps developed by Australia Post for the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT)...
London 2012 Australian Gold Medallist - Jared Tallent
Australia Post recognises the gold-medal performance of Jared Tallent...
Nostalgic fruit labels
The 2016 Nostalgic Fruit Labels stamp issue, released on 7 June...
Formed in 1916 to care for the welfare of servicemen returning from WW1, the...
Cocos Keeling Islands: dolphins
The Cocos Islands dolphins issue, features photographs of three playful species...
Christmas Island robber crabs
While Christmas Island is famous for its endemic red crabs, it's also home to the...
Butterflies are fleeting in nature, yet scientifically important...
Centenary of WW1: 1916
The Centenary of WWI: 1916 stamp issue, released on 12 April 2016...
The Australian Bridges stamp issue, released on 15 March 2016, presents three...
Queen's Birthday 2016
The Queen’s Birthday 2016 issue, released on 5 April 2016, celebrates the 90th ...
Fair Dinkum: Aussie Alphabet part 1
Australian humour is recognised around the world for its dry, ironic and...
The introduction of decimal currency
Many people may well remember the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966..
Lunar New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey
Were you born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980 or 1992? If so, depending on the month..
Australian tennis greats honoured as 2016 Australia Post Legends
Eleven of Australia’s most loved and celebrated singles tennis players have been...
Amazing wildflowers of the west
Western Australia is home to some of the most spectacular wildflowers in the world...
Christmas Island Christmas stamps 2015
Located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres northwest of Perth, Christmas...
Christmas 2015 stamps
Australia Post has issued Christmas stamps every year since 1957, this year...
A Century of Service: Animals in War
In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australia Post commemorates the
At the end of the 1910s and on the back off the late-19th-century cycling craze...
Honoured by Australia
This stamp issue features three great international humanitarians, officially...
Stamp Collecting Month 2015 – Our Solar System
This year Australia Post celebrates its 2015 Stamp Collecting Month (SCM)...
Long May She Reign
On 9 September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch in history.
The Dogs that Saved Macquarie Island
The World Heritage–listed Macquarie Island has significant biodiversity and is one of the few breeding locations for fauna in the Southern Ocean sector of the Pacific.
Signs of the Times
This stamp issue celebrates three heritage-listed signs from the golden age of neon advertising in Australia, the 1930s to the 1960s.
Islands of Cocos (Keeling)
Situated in the Indian Ocean some 2,700 kilometres north-west of Perth, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a group of 27 islands in two atolls, with a latitude of 12° 10’ and longitude of 96° 50’.
Birth of a Princess
Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born at 8.34 BST on 2 May 2015.
Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Joint Issue
This release to marks the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between Singapore and Australia, and Singapore and New Zealand.
Netball World Cup Sydney 2015
The Netball World Cup is the ultimate prize in international netball.
Christmas Island Year of the Goat 2015
Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals and is celebrated by Chinese people throughout the world. It is a time of renewal and settling unfinished business.
Great Australian Walks
The varied and spectacular terrain of Australia is a bushwalkers’ paradise.
100 years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses
This stamp issue commemorates 100 years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses.
Centenary of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is Australia’s oldest medical research institute.
Islands of Australia
Australia comprises more than 8,000 islands, including the island state of Tasmania.
Colours of the AAT
Only two of the world's continents lie entirely within the Southern Hemisphere: Australia and Antarctica.
Museums are essential to the heritage of any country, region and town.
Centenary of WWI: Gallipoli 1915
This stamp issue is the second in a five-year series commemorating World War I, each issue relating the centenary year in which it is released
ANZAC Australia – New Zealand Joint Issue
This stamp issue commemorates the formation and service of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Visiting Birds
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands comprises 27 islands in two atoll groups, with a total land area of about 14 square kilometres.
Visitors flocking to some of Australia’s most beautiful destinations can board a range of transport vehicles for sightseeing tours.
Era of Sail: Clipper Ships
Clipper ships were very fast sailing ships widely used in the mid-19th century
The First Victoria Cross
The issue commemorates the first Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians.
Australian Legends The Victoria Cross
Since 1997 the annual Australian Legends Award honours eminent living Australians who have made a lasting contribution to Australian identity and way of life.
The stocky Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) and the Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) are both found in the south-eastern parts of Australia.
Christmas Island Christmas 2014
Christmas Island is an external Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres north-west of Perth.
This year’s religious stamps are based on stained-glass windows in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne.
A Century of Service: The Australian Defence Force
This year, we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, “the war to end all wars”.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Centenary of the Sydney/Emden Engagement
Australia’s first victory at sea during World War I was also the first engagement fought by a warship of the fledgling Royal Australian Navy.
Horseracing in Australia stretches back to the early decades of European settlement in New South Wales
Australia’s world-renowned natural assets include many regions of virtually untouched wilderness.
Things that Sting - Stamp Collecting Month 2014
Australia has numerous insects and animals that sting or bite as a form of defence.
AAT: Era of the Huskey
The term husky commonly refers to snow or northern hemisphere dogs
Open Gardens Australia
Open Gardens Australia began life as Victoria’s Gardens Scheme in 1987
The Southern Lights, formally known as the Aurora Australis, are the Southern Hemisphere’s counterpart to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
These 20th century advertisements recall a bygone era of both poster design and Australian manufacturing.
Christmas Island: Red Crab Migration
The annual Red Crab migration on Christmas Island is listed by naturalists as one of the most spectacular of all natural events.
Centenary of Military Aviation and Submarines
This year marks two significant Australian military centenaries.
Joint issue with Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean some 1,400 kilometres east of the Australian mainland. Originally settled by Polynesians.
Horses first arrived in Australia with the First Fleet, in 1788, with one stallion, three mares, one colt and two fillies onboard.
100th Anniversary of First Air Mail
On 16–18 July 2014 it will be 100 years since French aviator Maurice Guillaux (1883–1917) made the first air mail flight in Australia.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Maps of Cocos
The first European sighting of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is thought to have been in 1609.
King George V Centenary of Stamps 1914–2014
A century ago, Australia’s stamp designs were “hot” political topics.
Christmas Island National Parks
Christmas Island is a place of much natural beauty and scientific interest.
G20 Leaders Summit 2014
The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making.
The bush ballad is a thread of Australia’s early literary and popular tradition
Australian Red Cross Centenary
Australian Red Cross, one of the many international Red Cross societies around the world.
Centenary of WWI: 1914
This stamp issue is the first in a five-year series that commemorates World War I.
The new range in the Special Occasions series provides a selection of stamps to mark both personal and public events.
Queen’s Birthday 2014
The Queen’s Birthday stamp issue for 2014 features contemporary images of the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee Year.
The Commonwealth of Australia and each of its states and territories has a floral emblem
This issue is part of the Special Occasions stamp issue, produced at regular intervals for use on postage relating to commemorations of personal milestones.
The Urn Returns
The legend of the Ashes was born in August 1882. In an historic match between the English and visiting Australians
AAT: Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1914 Homeward Bound
This is the fourth and last issue in a four-year program celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
Known for their often exquisite flowers, orchids are the largest family of flowering plants in the world with over 30,000 species identified.
Australian Legends of Cooking 2014
For nearly two decades the Australia Post Australian Legends Award has been bestowed as part of the annual Australia Day celebrations.
A Royal Christening
The christening of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was an intimate affair