Online shoppers in regional areas can now sign up to join Australia Post’s Shipster program, which gives them free delivery on eligible orders bewteen now and Christmas.

Australia Post launched the membership program in early October, but it was only available to shoppers in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney metro areas.

Shipster’s free shipping option is now available to every household across the country.

With 32 shopping days to go before Christmas, Australia Post is offering a free two month trial period of the service, after which members will be charged $6.95 a month.

The service deducts the delivery charge from eligible purchases at over 50 of Australia’s biggest online stores when customers spend $25 or more. This allows retailers to offer free delivery on lower value orders.

Participating retailers include Myer, Target, Harvey Norman, Target and Kogan. Shoppers can search for retailers by category such as fashion or homewares, or shop with retailers that provide AfterPay, a ‘buy now, pay later’ finance provider.

“Shipster has really taken off with our customers who love to shop online, so we are incredibly excited to extend this to every household in time for Christmas,” said Christine Corbett, Australia Post Chief Customer Officer.

“Regional Australians are regular online shoppers, with these households each receiving about nine parcels per year. Online shopping makes it easier to access the brands and products they love but don’t have locally, so no matter where you are, you can shop when you like and where you like without the hassle.”

“This means we’re delivering free shipping to 11.6 million delivery points in Australia, so our hard working posties and drivers will be working around the clock to make this Christmas extra special.”

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