5 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
5.1.1 Mailbox construction A mailbox shall be constructed to provide the
A reasonable life of the product.
A product that is safe to use, and prevents cuts or injuries to the user.
Be weather-resistant to protect the contents from rain, direct sunlight
and other elements of inclement weather. This would normally be provided
by the use of a weather hood.
NOTE: It is recommended that some facility for drainage be incorporated
into the design. The mailbox shall be constructed so as to form an
internal space for the purpose of receiving and holding mail. The minimum
dimensions of this internal space shall be 160 mm . 330 mm . 230 mm.
Except for any door-fastening mechanism or any internal weather shield, or
both, the minimum internal space shall be clear and unobstructed. NOTE: It
is recommended that a separate aperture, box or tube, as an adjunct to the
mailbox, befitted to accept newspapers and other non-mail items. Mail
should not be delivered to this second aperture.
5.1.2 Front of mailbox The front or aperture side of the mailbox may be on
the 330 mm or the 230 mm long side, depending on the orientation of the
5.2 Aperture for receiving mail The mailbox shall have an aperture in the
front for receiving mail as follows:
Size of aperture The dimensions of the aperture shall be 230 mm . 30 mm or
330 mm . 30 mm, depending on the face on which the aperture is located.
Lower edge of aperture The position of the aperture on the face of the box
shall be as follows:
For horizontal apertures, the lower edge of the aperture shall be a
minimum of 130 mm above the base of the internal space as defined in
For vertical apertures, the lower edge of the aperture shall be a minimum
of 40 mm above the base of the internal space as defined in Clause 5.1.1.
Mail should not be able to be easily removed through the aperture.
5.3 Weather protection devices Weather protection devices, such as weather
flaps, weather hoods and weather shields, are acceptable provided they
conform to the following:
They shall not be closed by any spring force or other mechanism other than
their own weight.
A weather flap shall move inwards to allow receipt of mail.
They shall not reduce the clear aperture opening, as defined in Clause
5.2, to less than 30 mm.
5.4 Access door An access door shall be provided to allow mail to be
5.5 Provision for street/unit number An unobstructed smooth surface shall
be provided on the front of the mailbox below the aperture to accept
self-adhesive or other numbers.
6 PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
6.1 General All mailboxes shall be capable of separately accepting the two
templates, as specified in Clause 6.2. The templates shall be able to pass
through the mailbox delivery aperture and be deposited wholly within the
internal space of the mailbox. The templates shall be able to be easily
removed via the access door.
6.2 Templates Both templates shall be of rigid construction and of the
229 mm . 324 mm by 10 mm thick.
162 mm . 229 mm by 20 mm thick.7 MAIL SECURITY On all mailboxes, the
minimum provision shall be the facility to accept a locking device.
Mailboxes should be designed so that the mail cannot be easily removed
through the delivery aperture.
APPENDIX A POSITIONING AND NUMBERING OF MAILBOXES (Informative) A1 SCOPE
This Appendix is intended to provide householders and landlords with
appropriate information to assist delivery officers in the delivery of
mail, except when designated as mandatory by an authority. Correct
positioning and numbering of mailboxes will assist in the accurate and
efficient delivery of mail. A2 POSITIONING OF MAILBOXES Individual
mailboxes and groups of mailboxes for residences or business premises
should be located as close as possible to the footpath, driveway or
roadway boundary of the property, with the aperture facing the footpath or
roadway. If the property has a driveway entrance from the roadway,
mailboxes should be positioned as near as practicable to the junction of
the driveway and the roadway. In all cases, access to the delivery
aperture should be unhindered, with the removal of rubbish and overhanging
shrubs and trees. Mailboxes should be positioned so that the aperture is
between 900 mm and 1200 mm above ground level and conveniently located so
that the delivery officer does not have to dismount from a bicycle or
motorcycle to insert mail. Groups of mailboxes for flats or apartments may
be positioned at right angles to the footpath or roadway and parallel to
the driveway with apertures located within the height range of 600 to 1600
mm. Mailboxes positioned in this way should commence as close to the
footpath boundary as practicable, and provide adequate room for the
delivery officer to park a bicycle or motorcycle and place mail in the
boxes safely. A3 NUMBERING OF MAILBOXES All mailboxes should be clearly
labelled with the street number or flat or apartment number clearly
displayed below the aperture. Where there is a group of mailboxes, numbers
should run in a logical sequence and the street number should be displayed
in a prominent position near the mailboxes so that it can be easily read
from the footpath.
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