Addressing is a cultural thing. It’s part of human communication.
An address is a label for a location. Governments gazette names for suburbs and roads, but people adopt unofficial addresses too. Vanity addressing and local naming occurs when one address label is preferred over another.
The lifecycle of an address is complex. They’re constantly created, updated and retired, and address formats vary among the collectors and custodians of addresses.
For comprehensive and up-to-date Australian address data, rely on a trusted source. We’ve provided that since 2004.
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Every street address across Australia is available. You’re not limited by state and territory boundaries. And they’re consistently formatted.
G-NAF is the trusted index of Australian address data. It contains the state, suburb, street, number and latitude and longitude for all street addresses in Australia. Over 38 million addresses supplied by 10 contributors, including the land agencies in each state and territory, are distilled into more than 15.2 million G-NAF addresses.
A location can be known by multiple address labels. G-NAF identifies these relationships and links the addresses people use with official addresses created by governments. It also adds a mesh block ID to each address. A mesh block is the smallest geographic region used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
G-NAF is produced quarterly. It’s available under open data terms from data.gov.au.
Supply agreements with Australia’s state and territory governments ensure our address data is fresh and from authoritative sources. It’s obtained as follows:
- Daily from ACT, NSW, WA, QLD and NT
- Weekly from SA, TAS and VIC
We aggregate, standardise and validate the source data to deliver addresses for the whole of Australia that are consistently formatted.
No personal information or details relating to an individual or business are included in the data.
The Deltas API delivers a deltaset of changes to Australian address data for a time period you specify. It includes a summary of the types of changes to an address. The source data is updated daily for many states giving you quick access to the freshest address data available.
We also draw on our address data experience to offer address verification, address geocoding and address data enrichment services.
When you self-select and download data on buildings across Australia, you can choose to include the primary address for each and every building. These addresses are continuously updated.
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