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Geocoded national address file considered

by Chris Huckstepp •
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survey being conducted by the Department of Communications (Communications) is intended to gauge interest from businesses and developers into a free geocoded national address file offering. The file is anticipated to help boost innovation and productivity by furthering the quality and quantity of data on hand.  

“Geocoded addressing is the process of associating an address with coordinates such as a latitude and longitude to enable it to be readily mapped and related to other spatial data,” according to ANZLIC (the intergovernmental body responsible for spatial information).

In addition to public policy formation and assisting decision makers disperse investment, geocoded addressing can aid the private sector when developing location-based applications, managing supply chains and creating address verification solutions.

The file is likely to comprise of:

  • A unique identifier;
  • A quality indicator;
  • Geocode;
  • Geocode level;
  • Street number, name and type (e.g. avenue, highway);
  • Locality (e.g. suburbs);
  • State; and
  • Postcode.

The product will possibly be “derived from content developed and managed by PSMA Australia Limited (PSMA),” according to Communications.

PSMA’s website states that its G-NAF product “is the only address database that combines over 30 million addresses from 10 authoritative sources: each of the governments of Australia, the Australian Electoral Commission and Australia Post.”

If Communications decides to go ahead with the product, it will be available under an open data license via data.gov.au.

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