Australia Post is set to hire more staff and ramp up weekend parcel deliveries across the country as residents in Lockdown move to online shopping.

More than 4000 new team members are being recruited including 3500 in delivery roles – 350 of those in regional areas.

The hiring effort also includes 1000 drivers.

More than 9 million Australians shopped online in the past financial year, with Australia Post’s 2021 Inside Online eCommerce report revealing almost 32 per cent growth year-on-year.

Weekend deliveries will remain in place until the end of the year, with up to half a million parcels being delivered every weekend from now until Christmas.