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Free Australia Post WooCommerce Plugin

free australia post woocommerce shipping plugin
Author Bartosz Gajewski
Updated:
2022-06-15
Reading time:
4 minutes read

If you are using or considering using Australia Post as a shipping option in your WooCommerce store, you should try our free Australia Post WooCommerce shipping plugin. In this article, I’ll show you how to configure WooCommerce Australia Post shipping method with live cost calculations. 

Australia Post Carrier

Australia Post, formerly known as the Australian Postal Corporation, is the government business enterprise that provides postal services in Australia. It has over 4,342 post offices, with most of them in rural and remote areas. Australia Post has also 15,037 street posting boxes and approximately 80,000 people in the workforce. 

free australia post woocommerce shipping plugin

It’s an obvious choice when it comes to shipping in Australia. It is the country’s largest courier company that is reputable and trusted by millions of Australians. By choosing this carrier, you can gain an advantage over your competition by offering a consistent and reliable service. 

For more information, visit the official Australia Post website.

Free Australia Post WooCommerce shipping plugin

The Australia Post WooCommerce allows you to display automatically calculated Australia Post shipping cost in your store. It will automatically display the available Australia Post services in the cart and checkout based on the customer’s shipping address and cart weight.

You can achieve this all for free. Just download the plugin from the official WordPress repository. You can do it even faster, using the button below

Get Free Australia Post WooCommerce Plugin →

This free WooCommerce Australia Post shipping plugin lets you offer a full range of shipping options. Integrating the plugin takes only 5 minutes, and I’ll show you how to do it. 

This plugin is based on the same foundation as the very popular and well-received free WooCommerce UPS shipping plugin, that have more than 9,000 active installations.

How to display Live Australia Post Shipping Rates to your customers?

Having the free Australia Post WooCommerce plugin in your store installed and activated, you can reach the plugin settings by choosing the WooCommerce → Settings → Shipping → Australia Post Live Rates from the sidebar.

This free WooCommerce Australia Post shipping plugin lets you offer a full range of shipping options. Integrating the plugin takes only 5 minutes, and I’ll show you how to do it. This plugin is based on the same foundation as the very popular and well-received free WooCommerce UPS shipping plugin that’s have more than 9,000 active installations. How to display Live Australia Post Shipping Rates to your customers? First, install and activate free Australia Post WooCommerce plugin in your store. You can reach the plugin settings by choosing the WooCommerce → Settings → Shipping → Australia Post Live Rates from the sidebar.

Connect with Australia Post API

To use the plugin, you have to connect it with the Australia Post API. This way, the plugin will download the live rates directly from Australia Post. To activate it, you need to enter an API Key for the PAC and Postcode Search in the plugin settings. 

If you do not have an API key for the Postage Assessment Calculator yet, check how to get the API access key →

australia post woocommerce api settings

Once you enter all the credentials, click on Save changes button. The API Connection Status should change to OK and turn green. If for some reason, the plugin is not able to establish the connection with the Australia Post API, you will see the error message coming from the API with the detailed information on the cause of the problem. 

Add the Australia Post shipping method

Adding the Australia Post shipping method uses the same mechanism as the WooCommerce default shipping methods. Thanks to that, the Australia Post Live Rates can be easily added the same way.

To create a new Australia Post shipping method, go to WooCommerce → Settings → Shipping:

Add Canada Post Shipping method - shipping zone

Then, select the shipping zone you want to use. Probably, it will be a zone containing Australia in it. Remember that it can be a separate zone for Australia or any zone containing it.

If you aim to learn more on this matter, check our detailed guide on WooCommerce Shipping Zones →

Once you are in your Shipping Zone, click on the Add shipping method button. You’ll find it at the bottom of the shipping methods table:

australia post woocommerce add shipping method

In the window that will appear, choose the Australia Post Live Rates from the dropdown list and confirm with Add shipping method button:

adding the australia post live rates shipping method

Now, you have your Australia Post Live Rates shipping method. Click on its name to configure it. 

Configure the Australia Post shipping method

Now, it’s time to configure your brand new Australia Post shipping method. 

australia post shipping method configuration screen method settings

You can set the basic method settings. Enter the Method Title that will be visible for your customers in the checkout page. You can also use the Fallback. It’s the flat rate shipping cost if the Australia Post API, for returns no rates. If you want to increase conversion rate in your store, you should think about adding Free Shipping over the amount for your Australia Post shipping method. When you tick the Enable the free shipping over amount checkbox, you will be able to enter the free shipping threshold.  

One of the crucial shipping method settings is the option to select available Australia Post services. By default, all the services are available, but when you want to limit them, just check the Services checkbox.

Please mind that the availability of services in the Services Table is affected by the Zone regions settings in your shipping zone, in which the Australia Post Live Rates shipping method was added. Our Australia Live Rates plugin supports both Domestic and International Services. Code in the Services Table indicates the Australia Post service type:

  • AUS_ – Domestic
  • INT_ – International

australia post services

Additional shipping method settings

You can also configure more advanced shipping methods. In Package Settings you can define the package dimensions and weight. That setting will be used as a default for this shipping method. It’s crucial to fill that information, because without them, the shipping rates won’t be calculated. 

australia post live rates package settings

Last available shipping option is Goods and Services Tax (GST). You can Remove the GST in order to strip the 10% GST tax value from the shipping rates coming from Australia Post.

australia post live rates adjustments

If you are all done with the configuration, click on Save changes button. Now, the shipping method should be available for all the customers matching that shipping zone. In the same way, you can add more shipping methods for each shipping zone that you want to use. 

Advanced WooCommerce Australia Post shipping plugin

If you need more advanced shipping options for Australia Post, you can use the PRO version of the plugin. The plugin is currently in production, but will be available soon. You can sign up now for the plugin and get your 20% discount when it’s released! Just use the form in the plugin page:

Get your discount! →

Main features of the PRO plugin:

  • Display the Estimated delivery date to your customers in the cart and checkout
  • Automatic multiple products box packing algorithm based on their weight and volume
  • Fixed and percentage handling fees or discounts for Australia Post rates
  • Custom Origin allowing to use the different shipper’s address than the default defined in the WooCommerce settings
  • Multi-currency support

 

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