Stamp issues

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.

Rare Beauties

23 March 2017

The gemstones shown in the stamp designs are in the collection of the Australian Museum, in Sydney.

Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan

23 March 2017

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

07 March 2017

This stamp issue features several deep sea creatures that contribute to the unique biodiversity of the waters off East Antarctica.

Australian Jetties

21 February 2017

The four featured jetties from around the country, all wooden, include those at Busselton, Tumby Bay, Shelley Beach and Kincumber.

Love

07 February 2017

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

17 January 2017

This stamp issue showcases the contrasting scenery at each waterfall...

Christmas Island Year of the Rooster 2017

10 January 2017

The Year of the Rooster is the 10th sign in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.

Christmas 2016

31 October 2016

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

31 October 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

18 October 2016

This stamp issue celebrates creative culture on Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

A Century of Service: The Vietnam War

06 October 2016

The third in the series exploring conflicts involving Australian troops since World War I focuses on The Vietnam War (1955–75).

Australian Animals Monotremes

22 September 2016

Echidnas and Platypuses are the only surviving monotremes (egg-laying mammals) in the world.

Endangered Wildlife - SCM 2016

20 September 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

05 September 2016

The story of Captain James Cook and his landing at Botany Bay in 1770...

Jewel Beetles

01 September 2016

Adult jewel beetles generally only live between one day and two weeks...

AAT ice flowers

29 August 2016

The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) has three year-round research stations...

Seabirds of Norfolk Island

26 August 2016

Norfolk Island is home to a number of bird species, over 20 species of seabirds...

Fair Dinkum: Aussie Alphabet part 2

11 August 2016

On 16 August 2016, part 2 of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet series will be released...

Rio 2016 Australian Gold Medallist stamps

05 August 2016

For each Australian gold medal performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to date...

Road to Rio

19 July 2016

Between 5 and 21 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, the carnival city of Brazil...

50 years of Play School

15 July 2016

Play School is Australia’s longest running children’s television program...

Owls: Guardians of the Night

01 July 2016

On 5 July 2016, Australia Post released its latest stamp issue, Owls...

Hurley’s Journey, 1914–16

16 June 2016

Many stamps developed by Australia Post for the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT)...

London 2012 Australian Gold Medallist - Jared Tallent

15 June 2016

Australia Post recognises the gold-medal performance of Jared Tallent...

Nostalgic fruit labels

07 June 2016

The 2016 Nostalgic Fruit Labels stamp issue, released on 7 June...

RSL: 1916–2016

16 May 2016

Formed in 1916 to care for the welfare of servicemen returning from WW1, the...

Cocos Keeling Islands: dolphins

10 May 2016

The Cocos Islands dolphins issue, features photographs of three playful species...

Christmas Island robber crabs

08 April 2016

While Christmas Island is famous for its endemic red crabs, it's also home to the...

Beautiful butterflies

07 April 2016

Butterflies are fleeting in nature, yet scientifically important...

Centenary of WW1: 1916

04 April 2016

The Centenary of WWI: 1916 stamp issue, released on 12 April 2016...

Australian bridges

15 March 2016

The Australian Bridges stamp issue, released on 15 March 2016, presents three...

Queen's Birthday 2016

14 March 2016

The Queen’s Birthday 2016 issue, released on 5 April 2016, celebrates the 90th ...

Fair Dinkum: Aussie Alphabet part 1

01 March 2016

Australian humour is recognised around the world for its dry, ironic and...

The introduction of decimal currency

09 February 2016

Many people may well remember the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966..

Lunar New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey

03 February 2016

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

21 January 2016

Eleven of Australia’s most loved and celebrated singles tennis players have been...

Amazing wildflowers of the west

06 January 2016

Western Australia is home to some of the most spectacular wildflowers in the world...

Christmas Island Christmas stamps 2015

11 November 2015

Located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres northwest of Perth, Christmas...

Christmas 2015 stamps

06 November 2015

Australia Post has issued Christmas stamps every year since 1957, this year...

A Century of Service: Animals in War

27 October 2015

In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australia Post commemorates the

Bicycles

13 October 2015

At the end of the 1910s and on the back off the late-19th-century cycling craze...

Honoured by Australia

05 October 2015

This stamp issue features three great international humanitarians, officially...

Stamp Collecting Month 2015 – Our Solar System

21 September 2015

This year Australia Post celebrates its 2015 Stamp Collecting Month (SCM)...

Long May She Reign

09 September 2015

On 9 September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch in history.

The Dogs that Saved Macquarie Island

09 September 2015

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

01 September 2015

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)

25 August 2015

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

25 August 2015

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born at 8.34 BST on 2 May 2015.

Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Joint Issue

14 August 2015

This release to marks the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between Singapore and Australia, and Singapore and New Zealand.

Netball World Cup Sydney 2015

04 August 2015

The Netball World Cup is the ultimate prize in international netball.

Christmas Island Year of the Goat 2015

01 August 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

14 July 2015

The varied and spectacular terrain of Australia is a bushwalkers’ paradise.

100 years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses

07 July 2015

This stamp issue commemorates 100 years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses.

Centenary of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

30 June 2015

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is Australia’s oldest medical research institute.

Islands of Australia

02 June 2015

Australia comprises more than 8,000 islands, including the island state of Tasmania.

Colours of the AAT

26 May 2015

Only two of the world's continents lie entirely within the Southern Hemisphere: Australia and Antarctica.

Collections Australia

19 May 2015

Museums are essential to the heritage of any country, region and town.

Cats

05 May 2015

This stamp issue provides a snapshot of domestic cat ownership in Australia.

Centenary of WWI: Gallipoli 1915

14 April 2015

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

Queen’s Birthday 2015

07 April 2015

This stamp issue commemorates the Queen’s Birthday 2015.

ANZAC Australia – New Zealand Joint Issue

07 April 2015

This stamp issue commemorates the formation and service of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Visiting Birds

24 March 2015

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands comprises 27 islands in two atoll groups, with a total land area of about 14 square kilometres.

Australian Trees

17 March 2015

This stamp issue features four distinctive Australian trees.

Tourist Transport

03 March 2015

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

17 February 2015

Clipper ships were very fast sailing ships widely used in the mid-19th century

Love is in the Air

03 February 2015

The heart is quite simply the most iconic love symbol of all.

The First Victoria Cross

22 January 2015

The issue commemorates the first Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians.

Australian Legends The Victoria Cross

22 January 2015

Since 1997 the annual Australian Legends Award honours eminent living Australians who have made a lasting contribution to Australian identity and way of life.

Native Animals

13 January 2015

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

31 October 2014

Christmas Island is an external Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres north-west of Perth.

Christmas 2014

31 October 2014

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

21 October 2014

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

14 October 2014

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.

Australian Racecourses

07 October 2014

Horseracing in Australia stretches back to the early decades of European settlement in New South Wales

Wilderness Australia

01 October 2014

Australia’s world-renowned natural assets include many regions of virtually untouched wilderness.

Things that Sting - Stamp Collecting Month 2014

23 September 2014

Australia has numerous insects and animals that sting or bite as a form of defence.

AAT: Era of the Huskey

09 September 2014

The term husky commonly refers to snow or northern hemisphere dogs

Open Gardens Australia

02 September 2014

Open Gardens Australia began life as Victoria’s Gardens Scheme in 1987

Southern Lights

26 August 2014

The Southern Lights, formally known as the Aurora Australis, are the Southern Hemisphere’s counterpart to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Nostalgic Advertisements

19 August 2014

These 20th century advertisements recall a bygone era of both poster design and Australian manufacturing.

Christmas Island: Red Crab Migration

12 August 2014

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

05 August 2014

This year marks two significant Australian military centenaries.

Joint issue with Norfolk Island

22 July 2014

Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean some 1,400 kilometres east of the Australian mainland. Originally settled by Polynesians.

Equestrian Events

15 July 2014

Horses first arrived in Australia with the First Fleet, in 1788, with one stallion, three mares, one colt and two fillies onboard.

Royal Visit

08 July 2014

The 10-day visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

100th Anniversary of First Air Mail

01 July 2014

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

24 June 2014

The first European sighting of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is thought to have been in 1609.

King George V Centenary of Stamps 1914–2014

17 June 2014

A century ago, Australia’s stamp designs were “hot” political topics.

Christmas Island National Parks

17 June 2014

Christmas Island is a place of much natural beauty and scientific interest.

G20 Leaders Summit 2014

03 June 2014

The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making.

Bush Ballads

13 May 2014

The bush ballad is a thread of Australia’s early literary and popular tradition

Australian Red Cross Centenary

06 May 2014

Australian Red Cross, one of the many international Red Cross societies around the world.

Centenary of WWI: 1914

22 April 2014

This stamp issue is the first in a five-year series that commemorates World War I.

Special Occasions

15 April 2014

The new range in the Special Occasions series provides a selection of stamps to mark both personal and public events.

Queen’s Birthday 2014

08 April 2014

The Queen’s Birthday stamp issue for 2014 features contemporary images of the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee Year.

Floral Emblems

24 March 2014

The Commonwealth of Australia and each of its states and territories has a floral emblem

Roamance

20 January 2014

This issue is part of the Special Occasions stamp issue, produced at regular intervals for use on postage relating to commemorations of personal milestones.

2014 Australian Concession Post

20 January 2014

The first Australian non-denominational stamps.

The Urn Returns

20 January 2014

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

18 January 2014

This is the fourth and last issue in a four-year program celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

Native Orchids

14 January 2014

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

14 January 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

07 January 2014

The christening of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was an intimate affair

Christmas Island Lunar New Year 2014 Year of the Horse

07 January 2014

Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals and is celebrated by Chinese people throughout the world.