The estimated delivery times for each service are reported to be:
- PRIORITY POST: 1 to 4 business days (depending on the destination and origin of the letter); and
- REGULAR: 2 to 6 business days (depending on the destination and origin).
This will have an impact on both the deemed service of documents by post under the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld) as well as the actual delivery of such notices and other documents sent by post.
The Acts Interpretation Act provides that a notice will be deemed to have been served in the ordinary course of post, unless the contrary is proven. The term "ordinary course of post" will have potential different meanings, depending upon the method of regular post used as well as the origin and destination of the notice.
Accordingly, the actual date of deemed service of notices will vary depending upon the evidence submitted in relation to the ordinary course of post between the origin and destination of each notice. This will have an impact upon notices served by the Body Corporate, such as Notices of Annual General Meeting, Levy Notices, Remedial Action Notices, Contravention Notices, etc.
Given that a Notice of General Meeting is required to be given at least 21 days prior to the date of the General Meeting; it will be highly problematic for Bodies Corporate to have owners being deemed to have received the Notice on different days, depending upon their address for service.