This stamp issue refreshes our ongoing series marking some of life’s key milestones – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and the arrival of a newborn, to name just a few. These are events for which a heartfelt missive sent through the post is often most fitting, a handwritten message, in our digital times, having the power to convey the personal significance of lived events and representing a tangible connection between sender and recipient.

Nine of the stamps in this issue have been designed specifically for social mail between individuals; the design featuring the Southern Cross and Australia is pitched towards general and business mail users. The floral and the Let’s Celebrate designs are appropriate for use across a number of life events.

Technical specifications

Issue date
3 January 2023
Issue withdrawal date
$1.20 x 9. $2.40 x 1
Stamp design: Teddy bear
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp design: Champagne Flutes
Jason Watts, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp design: Happy Birthday, Let’s Celebrate
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp design: Floral Heart, Paper Bouquet, White Tulips, Waratah, Australia, Wedding Bands
Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive
Securpost C Print 100 P8P
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Sheetlet size (mm)
151 x 125
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50 (no design)
FDI Postmark
Brisbane QLD 4000
FDI withdrawal date
1 February 2023

Stamps in this issue

$1.20 Teddy Bear

Photograph: Tolikoff Photography/Shutterstock.com

$1.20 Floral Heart

Photograph: Bariskina/Shutterstock.com

$1.20 Paper Bouquet

Photograph: Wacomka/Shutterstock.com

$1.20 Happy Birthday

Photograph: Lucky Team Studio/Shutterstock.com

$1.20 Let’s Celebrate

Photograph: Marish/Shutterstock.com

$1.20 White Tulips

Photograph: Svetlana Cherruty/iStock, Getty Images Plus

$1.20 Champagne Flutes

Photograph: Stockcreations/Shutterstock.com

$1.20 Waratah

Photograph: davidf /E+, Getty Images

$1.20 Australia

Photograph: Blablo101/Shutterstock.com

$2.40 Wedding Bands

Photograph: Igor Aleks

Shop our stamp collectables

Set of stamps:

Set of Special Occasions Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains all ten stamps from the Special Occasions 2023 stamp issue.

Stamp pack:

Special Occasions Stamp Pack

The Special Occasions 2023 stamp pack contains all ten stamps from the stamp issue in a special sheetlet, presented in a high-quality folder.


Wedding Collection

This Wedding Collection from the Special Occasions 2023 stamp issue contains unique stamp configurations only found in this book, along with in-depth information on the issue.

Maxicard set:

Set of Special Occasions Maxicards

This maxicard set contains the ten maxicards from the Special Occasions 2023 stamp issue.

Additional collectables:

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