This year’s Stamp Collecting Month celebrates STEAM, an acronym that stands for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The 21st century is presenting many challenges, including climate change; the rapid development of technology, including social media; and public health issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Building engagement with STEAM, particularly in young people, is critical to ensure a prosperous and safe future for all Australians. While science and technology are crucial, so too are the arts, which are essential for critical thinking, evaluating and planning, as well as appreciating the “big picture” of how science and technology will assist us in dealing with modern life.

The five stamps and minisheet in this issue show elements of STEAM being studied in a classroom environment, including sustainability, biology, robotics and coding, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science and the creative arts, such as painting.

Technical specifications

Issue date
3 August 2021
Issue withdrawal date
28 February 2022
$1.10 x 5
Stamp illustration
Andrew Hopgood
Product design
Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive
Tullis Russell PSA (P55)
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
170 x 80
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Modules of 50
FDI Postmark
Bright Vic 3741
FDI withdrawal date
1 September 2021

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 Virtual reality

Virtual reality is a digital, computer-generated, three-dimensional experiential environment. Using a VR headset provides access to enhanced interactions that are not practical or possible in the real world. Fully immersive VR stimulates the senses of vision, hearing and sometimes touch.

$1.10 Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil by immersing or suspending the roots in mineral nutrients dissolved in water. This method uses much less water than traditional farming, so has obvious application in countries without access to plentiful water.

$1.10 Space Study

The mysteries of the galaxies, nebulae, black holes and stars, and the study of infinite space, help us to understand our own place in the universe. Space research uses technology to observe the universe and incorporates disciplines such as biology, earth sciences and physics.

$1.10 Robotics

A robot is a computer-programmed machine that substitutes or replicates human actions. Robots are increasingly being used to carry out repetitive, routine tasks in industry, or delicate operations requiring great precision in medicine. Robotics requires skills in programming, computational thinking, mechanical engineering, sequencing and directional language.

$1.10 Urban Design

Urban design considers the infrastructure and social planning required for building sustainable communities in suburbs, towns and cities. In other words, physical spaces as well as how people interact within them. Designing an urban environment involves balancing various factors, such as liveability, sustainability, the type of materials that should be used to build it, the social and economic implications of the particular design as well as its aesthetic appeal.

Shop our stamp collectables

Set of stamps:

Set of Full STEAM Ahead Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains all five stamps from the Full STEAM Ahead stamp issue.

Stamp pack:

Full STEAM Ahead Stamp Pack

The Full STEAM Ahead stamp pack contains all five stamps and minisheet from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.


Full STEAM Ahead Minisheet

The Full STEAM Ahead minisheet consists of the five stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Maxicard set:

Set of Full STEAM Ahead Maxicards

This maxicard set contains the five maxicards from the Full STEAM Ahead stamp issue.

Additional products:

  • Full STEAM Ahead Stamp and Glow In The Dark Medallion Cover
  • Booklet of 10x $1.10 Full STEAM Ahead Stamps
  • Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 Virtual Reality Stamps
  • Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 Hydroponics Stamps
  • Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 Space Study Stamps
  • Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 Robotics Stamps
  • Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 Urban Design Stamps
  • Chequebook of 200x $1.10 Full STEAM Ahead Stamps
  • Pictorial Envelope for the Full STEAM Ahead Stamp Issue
  • First Day Full STEAM Ahead Gummed Stamps Cover
  • First Day Full STEAM Ahead Minisheet Cover
  • 2021 Stamp Collecting Month MyStamps Pack

This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.