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This four stamp set promotes the 000 emergency helpline. Triple zero is the primary national emergency number in Australia, and is operated by Telstra as a condition of its telecommunications licence. Other emergency numbers in Australia are 112 for GSM mobile phones and satelitte phones, and 106 for TDD textphones. The office of the postmaster general introduced 000 into major metropolitan areas in the 1961, and by the end of the 1980s it was available nationwide. For more information on Triple Zero visit http://www.triplezero.gov.au .

This is not the first time Australia Post has issued stamps for the Emergency Services or to promote public health initiatives. In 1997, a set of four stamps was issued features emergency scenes. Similarly, stamps have been issued during the years to promote heart health, breast cancer awareness, organ donation etc.

1997 45c Emergency Services Pair
45c Emergency Services stamps from 1997

Issue Information
This issue was initially going to be released on 15 June, but with the approval of new postal rates on 28 June, this issue has been delayed until 13 July, and will include 60c stamps. It is assumed that the stamps will be issued in the same formats as the 55c stamps, however it is possible that the range of products may change. Because of this, this page will not be updated until we see the stamps.

Issue Date: 13 July 2010 (more information)
Stamp Design: Andrew Hogg
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Designs: 60c Stay Focused, Stay Relevant, Stay On Line
60c Police
60c Fire
60c Ambulance
Usage: 60c Small letter rate within Australia (details)

Gummed Sheet Stamps
Sheet stamps are issued in se-tenant strips of four stamps.

Emergency Services Strip
Sheet stamps

Printer: McKellar Renown (more information)
Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Issued In: Sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25 (5 x 5) with illustrated gutter) (more information)
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Gummed Gutter Strips
The illustrated gutter shows items linked to the stamps. The 'Stay Focussed, Stay Relevant, Stay Online' stamp is repeated on the right hand side of sheet.

Emergency Services Gutter
Gutter strip

Self-adhesive Coil Stamps
Pemara was the only printer of the coils of 200. Stamp Bulletin No. 304 is not clear on who printed the coils, and what paper was used - the table below gives the correct information.

Pemara strip
Coil stamps

Printer: Pemara (more information)
Gum: Self-adhesive
Paper: B100 (with phosphor frame) (more information)
Issued In: Coils of 200 (more information)
Perforations: Die-cut 11½ (interrupted) x 11¼ (more information)

Self-adhesive Booklet Stamps
McKellar Renown printed the booklets of 20. There are some minor colour differences, but the best way is under UV light where again McKellar Renowns tagging appears 'crosshatched' while Pemara's is much more solid.

McKellar self-adhesive stamps
McKellar Renown self-adhesive stamps

McKellar self-adhesive stamps
Pemara (left) and McKellar Renown (right) self-adhesive stamps under UV light showing the difference in phosphor tagging

Printer: McKellar Renown (more information)
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Gum: Self-adhesive
Paper: B100 (with phosphor frame) (more information)
Issued In: Booklets of 20 (4 x 5) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Die-cut 11½ (interrupted) x 11¼ (more information)

Self-adhesive Booklets
Booklets were distributed to post offices in chequebooks of 20 booklets. These are not listed on this website.

Booklet layout
Booklet layout

Booklet cover
Booklet cover

Booklet size: 82 mm x 60 mm (folded)
Barcodes: 9312650381752 (60c x 20 philatelic booklet)
TBA (60c x 20 general booklet)

Postal Stationery
The image below comes from the Stamp Bulletin No. 304 and shows the 55c stamps. No image of the maximum cards has been posted on Australia Post's web shop showing the 60c stamps.

Maximum cards
Maximum cards

Maximum Cards
Size: 146 mm x 104 mm
Selling Price: $5.40 (set of 4)
Stamp Imprint: Three bars (picture)

Issue Summary
The table below summarises the above information. The cost of each item is given, along with a total for each section. In some cases the stamps are only available from self-adhesive booklets (sold at face value), or from prestige booklets, souvenir sheets or folders (sold above face value).

Item and Description Cost
For the General Collector
Gummed sheet stamps
Horizontal se-tenant strip (4 x 55c)

Self-adhesive stamps
Strip of four from coil (4 x 55c)



Total $4.80
For the Specialised Collector
Self-adhesive stamps
Booklet stamps with different phosphor

Gutter Strips
Gutter strip of 10 (with Emergency items)

Booklet with philatelic barcode
Booklet with general barcode

Postal stationery
Maximum cards





Total $47.40
Grand Total $52.20

Wikipedia, Triple Zero, accessed 9 April 2010
Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 304, May-June 2010
Australian Government Triple Zero Website , accessed 11 April 2010

If you have more information, or spot an error, please e-mail me.

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