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Australia Post workers have reportedly been asked if they can use their own cars or volunteer to work extra time to hack away at the agency’s backlog of parcel deliveries.

Employees in Victoria were sent an email asking if staff with a driver’s licence and car were free to pick up parcels and deliver them to customers, The Age reported on Wednesday.

An Australia Post spokesman said staff would be reimbursed for the use of their cars and anyone who volunteered their time would get time off in lieu.

A boom in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic and virus-safe restrictions at Australia Post facilities, particularly in Victoria, is being blamed for the mail backlog.