A care package can be sent free of charge to the below AFPO address so long as it strictly complies with Australia Post guidelines.
In order to qualify for free postage, care packages can weigh no more than 2kg (cubed) and should be packaged within a “BM” size box, which is available from Australia Post for approximately two dollars.
You will also be required to present photographic identification, fill in some customs forms and it is suggested that you use a liberal amount of packing tape to ensure that all of the contents arrive at their destination.
In order to ensure parcels reach the widest possible number of personnel, please ensure they are gender neutral and address all parcels to “An Australian Defence Member” and not to a specific job title, trade or unit.
Additionally, please note that Defence is no longer able to accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to their strict diet and training requirements.
The unique Australian Forces Post Office (AFPO) box will be open from 22 October until 7 December 2012. In order to ensure the packages reach the troops by Christmas, all packages should be lodged with Australia Post no later than 7 December 2012.
To send a care package or letter of support to an ADF member posted overseas, address the package or letter to:
An Australian Defence Member
ADF NSW 2890
Ã¯¿½ Deodorant (non aerosol)
Ã¯¿½ Shaving cream (non aerosol)
Ã¯¿½ Small bottle of talcum powder
Ã¯¿½ Disposable razors
Ã¯¿½ Shower Gel
Ã¯¿½ Lip Balm
Ã¯¿½ Magazines – from Vogue to Men’s Health
Ã¯¿½ Puzzle books
Ã¯¿½ Letters of support
Ã¯¿½ Stamped, self addressed envelope – this way soldiers can thank you for the donation
For the explosive detection dogs
Ã¯¿½ Box of dog biscuits
Ã¯¿½ Dried beef bones
Ã¯¿½ Tennis balls
Ã¯¿½ Treats for the handlers
Ã¯¿½ Instant Noodles
Ã¯¿½ Small tinned consumables
Ã¯¿½ Non perishable foods
What not to include
Ã¯¿½ Pornographic material
Ã¯¿½ Alcoholic beverages
Ã¯¿½ Clothing (except socks)
Ã¯¿½ Pork products
Ã¯¿½ Perfumery products