Make sure it's safe to send

At Australia Post, safety is our priority. It’s important you’re aware some substances can't be posted for delivery within Australia or overseas. Many common items contain prohibited substances that may be explosive, flammable, radioactive or otherwise dangerous. Examples include:

  • Flammable liquids like nail polish, paint or perfume
  • Flammable solids like safety matches or self-heating items such as instant meals, with packaging that contains a solid flammable substance that can self-combust
  • Aerosols such as butane cigarette lighters
  • Explosives like flares, fireworks or ammunition
  • Corrosives such as batteries

Not sure about your item?

Check our dangerous and prohibited goods and packaging guide for a full list of items we won't accept for delivery.

Additional requirements when sending overseas

Items must also be accepted by the customs department of the country you're sending to. Use our International Post Guide to search customs rules by country. If you're not sure about an item you wish to from Australia, we recommend you contact the relevant country's embassy.