Australian online retailers are likely to be allowed up to a one-day delivery service for all online orders within a day’s time of each other, according to the Federal Government’s Federal Register notice.
The new service would be available to all online retailers, including those in the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and Singapore.
“This new service is an important step forward to allow the internet to work more smoothly and reliably,” Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in the notice.
“It will allow Australians to get their goods from their favourite retailers and get online quickly.”
Online retailers will be able to offer one-offs delivery service to customers in any order of $5 or less, with the exception of orders of $75 or more.
The Government’s notice said this was a significant advance for online retail, and suggested a new service could be offered in the future.
Online retail customers in the USA, Canada and Australia already have one-on-one delivery services, where customers pick up their orders in person, or with an automated courier.
But in Australia, the country with the world’s largest economy, this service was not available until July 2017.
It is the latest in a series of measures aimed at making the internet more convenient for Australians.
Online retailer Amazon introduced a $5 one-time delivery for the first time last month.
“There are lots of good things about the internet,” Mr Turnbull said.
“But it’s not a panacea, it’s a bridge and it’s an opportunity to do more.”