The minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, senator Stephen Conroy, formally launched the Australia Post Digital MailBox, signalling a move from snail mail and into the digital age.

The Australia Post Digital MailBox is a free, secure communications platform where consumers can receive and pay bills, communicate with their providers and store important documents such as passports and birth certificates.

The MailBox is being delivered as part of Australia Post's $2 billion investment in expanding, modernising and digitising its national communications and delivery network.

Conroy says the MailBox has the potential to revolutionise the mail industry and provide Australians with a way to manage all their information online securely.

“For over 200 years, Australia Post has connected Australians with each other and the rest of the world through letters.  They are now embracing the digital world, realising that 21st century technology provides them with exciting opportunities,” he said.

Telstra, AMP and Westpac have signed on to the Digital MailBox joining as launch providers for the new platform. ANZ, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Link Market Services, National Australia Bank and Yarra Valley Water will all use the Digital MailBox as part of their suite of communications channels to connect with their customers.