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Address standards

To increase our compliance with the Australia Post address standard the following standards are applied to the capture of Australian Addresses.

Punctuation

Unless specifically part of address details (a hyphen in a range of numbers ie 17-18) punctuation is not captured in address information. In particular commas used to denote the start of a new line are not captured as part of the address.

Post Office Box

  • Post Office Box information is captured in the abbreviated form in uppercase. For example Private Mail Bag Service is captured as PRIVATE BAG or General Post Office Box as GPO BOX.
Code Description
CARE PO Care Of Post Office
CMA Community Mail Agent
CMB Community Mail Bag
CPA Community Postal Agent
GPO BOX General Post Office Box
LOCKED BAG Locked Mail Bag Service
MS Mail Service
PO BOX Post Office Box
CARE PO Poste Restante
PRIVATE BAG Private Mail Bag Service
RSD Roadside Delivery
RMB Roadside Mail Bag
RMB Roadside Mail Box
RMS Roadside Mail Service

Room Information

  • An AddressRoom prefix is not mandatory, if supplied it will be captured in the abbreviated form
  • If only the identifier is supplied then it is placed immediately before the street number, with a forward slash (/) separating the AddressRoom from the street number
  • The room prefix will be captured in the abbreviated form
  • If the word Number is used in the room name it will be shortened to No
Sub Unit Type Abbreviation
Apartment Apt
Cottage Ctge
Duplex Dup
Factory Fy
Flat F
House Hse
Kiosk Ksk
Maisonette Msnt
Marine Berth Mb
Office Off
Penthouse Pths
Room Rm
Stall Sl
Studio Stu
Suite Se
Townhouse Tnhs
Unit U
Villa Vlla
Warehouse We

Floor Information

  • Floor information will be abbreviated in accordance with the table below
Level Type Abbreviation
Basement B
Floor Fl
Ground Floor G
Level L
Lower Ground Floor Lg
Mezzanine M
Upper Ground Floor Ug
  • Ranged level numbers are not to be used. Either the correct applicable floor should be used or, if unknown, the first number in the range
  • If the word Number is used in the room name it will be shortened to No

Building Complex Information

  • The Building Complex is the name used to identify the physical building or property. It is not abbreviated, and may include reference to a wing or other components of a building complex
  • The Address Building is captured in title case

Street Number

  • The Address Street Number is positioned immediately before the Address Street Name
  • If the Address Street Number number includes a number range, the range should be separated by a hyphen (-), with no spaces. For example:
    17-19 Pitt St
  • The Address Street Number may contain alpha characters. These are captured in upper case, with no spaces between alpha and numeric characters. For example:
    11A Dorset Rd
  • If the word Number is used in the room name it will be shortened to No
  • The Address Street Number may contain a Lot or Section number. These are commonly used while land is in the process of being subdivided, prior to formal allocation of street numbers. The Lot or Section number is positioned immediately before the Address Street Name, and prefixed by the word 'Lot' or 'Section'. For Example:
    Lot 17 Jones St
    Section 36 Godfrey Ave

Street Name

  • Address Street Name contains the following elements:
    • street name
    • street suffix
    • street type
  • The street name should be in title case
  • The street name should be spelled out in full, with the exception of some prefixes which are usually based on common acceptance, for example:
    St Kilda Rd
  • Street suffix is abbreviated as per below
Street Suffix Abbreviation
Central CN
East E
Extension EX
Lower LR
North N
North East NE
North West NW
South S
South East SE
South West SW
Upper UP
West W
  • Street Type is abbreviated as per the below table
Street Type Abbreviation
ACCESS Accs
ALLEY Ally
ALLEYWAY Alwy
AMBLE Ambl
ANCHORAGE Ancg
APPROACH App
ARCADE Arc
ARTERY Art
AVENUE Ave
BASIN Basn
BEACH Bch
BEND Bend
BLOCK Blk
BOULEVARD Bvd
BRACE Brce
BRAE Brae
BREAK Brk
BRIDGE Bdge
BROADWAY Bdwy
BROW Brow
BYPASS Bypa
BYWAY Bywy
CAUSEWAY Caus
CENTRE Ctr
CENTREWAY Cnwy
CHASE Ch
CIRCLE Cir
CIRCLET Clt
CIRCUIT Cct
CIRCUS Crcs
CLOSE Cl
COLONNADE Clde
COMMON Cmmn
CONCOURSE Con
COPSE Cps
CORNER Cnr
CORSO Cso
COURT Ct
COURTYARD Ctyd
COVE Cove
CRESCENT Cres
CREST Crst
CROSS Crss
CROSSING Crsg
CROSSROAD Crd
CROSSWAY Cowy
CRUISEWAY Cuwy
CUL-DE-SAC Cds
CUTTING Cttg
DALE Dale
DELL Dell
DEVIATION Devn
DIP Dip
DISTRIBUTOR Dstr
DRIVE Dr
DRIVEWAY Drwy
EDGE Edge
ELBOW Elb
END End
ENTRANCE Ent
ESPLANADE Esp
ESTATE Est
EXPRESSWAY Exp
EXTENSION Extn
FAIRWAY Fawy
FIRE TRACK Ftrk
FIRETRAIL Fitr
FLAT Flat
FOLLOW Folw
FOOTWAY Ftwy
FORESHORE Fshr
FORMATION Form
FREEWAY Fwy
FRONT Frnt
FRONTAGE Frtg
GAP Gap
GARDEN Gdn
GARDENS Gdns
GATE Gte
GATES Gtes
GLADE Gld
GLEN Glen
GRANGE Gra
GREEN Grn
GROUND Grnd
GROVE Gr
GULLY Gly
HEIGHTS Hts
HIGHROAD Hrd
HIGHWAY Hwy
HILL Hill
INTERCHANGE Intg
INTERSECTION Intn
JUNCTION Jnc
KEY Key
LANDING Ldg
LANE Lane
LANEWAY Lnwy
LEES Lees
LINE Line
LINK Link
LITTLE Lt
LOOKOUT Lkt
LOOP Loop
LOWER Lwr
MALL Mall
MEANDER Mndr
MEW Mew
MEWS Mews
MOTORWAY Mwy
MOUNT Mt
NOOK Nook
OUTLOOK Otlk
PARADE Pde
PARK Park
PARKLANDS Pkld
PARKWAY Pkwy
PART Part
PASS Pass
PATH Path
PATHWAY Phwy
PIAZZA Piaz
PLACE Pl
PLATEAU Plat
PLAZA Plza
POCKET Pkt
POINT Pnt
PORT Port
PROMENADE Prom
QUAD Quad
QUADRANGLE Qdgl
QUADRANT Qdrt
QUAY Qy
QUAYS Qys
RAMBLE Rmbl
RAMP Ramp
RANGE Rnge
REACH Rch
RESERVE Res
REST Rest
RETREAT Rtt
RIDE Ride
RIDGE Rdge
RIDGEWAY Rgwy
RIGHT OF WAY Rowy
RING Ring
RISE Rise
RIVER Rvr
RIVERWAY Rvwy
RIVIERA Rvra
ROAD Rd
ROADS Rds
ROADSIDE Rdsd
ROADWAY Rdwy
RONDE Rnde
ROSEBOWL Rsbl
ROTARY Rty
ROUND Rnd
ROUTE Rte
ROW Row
RUE Rue
RUN Run
SERVICE WAY Swy
SIDING Sdng
SLOPE Slpe
SOUND Snd
SPUR Spur
SQUARE Sq
STAIRS Strs
STATE HIGHWAY Shwy
STEPS Stps
STRAND Stra
STREET St
STRIP Strp
SUBWAY Sbwy
TARN Tarn
TERRACE Tce
THOROUGHFARE Thor
TOLLWAY Tlwy
TOP Top
TOR Tor
TOWERS Twrs
TRACK Trk
TRAIL Trl
TRAILER Trlr
TRIANGLE Tri
TRUNKWAY Tkwy
TURN Turn
UNDERPASS Upas
UPPER Upr
VALE Vale
VIADUCT Vdct
VIEW View
VILLAS Vlls
VISTA Vsta
WADE Wade
WALK Walk
WALKWAY Wkwy
WAY Way
WHARF Whrf
WYND Wynd
YARD Yard

Suburb/Localities/City/County

  • Generally suburbs/localities are fully spelled out, but commonly accepted abbreviations such as St Kilda are presented in the abbreviated form, without full stops. Note that where Australian suburbs/localities contain 'Mount', the word Mount is always fully spelled out, however the treatment of 'Saint' varies from locality to locality. Words such as Heights, Creek, North or Island that form part of a suburb/locality name are NOT abbreviated.
  • Australian place names involving possessives are written without apostrophes. For example:
    Kings Cross Dianas Basin Queens Park
  • Suburbs/Localities are captured in title case .

State Information

  • For Australia when used in an address block on a piece of mail, the Address State Name must:
    • appear in its abbreviated form (see domain values)
    • be located in the last line of the address, after the suburb/locality
    • be printed in upper case, with no punctuation

Post Code

  • Australia: the postcode:
  • is located in the last line of the address, two spaces after the state or territory abbreviation
  • not punctuated
  • must be the last item in an Australian address
  • Australia: Postcodes may begin with zero (0). The leading zero must not be suppressed. For example: the postcode for Darwin is 0800.
  • Postcodes have been allocated to each Australian state and territory as follows:
State/Territory State Code Post Code Ranges
Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200-0299, 2600-2620, 2900-2921
New South Wales NSW 1000-2599, 2620-2899,2921-2999
Northern Territory NT 0800-0899
Queensland QLD 4000-4999, 9000-9799
South Australia SA 5000-5999
Tasmania TAS 7000-7999
Victoria VIC 3000-3999, 8000-8999
Western Australia WA 6000-6999

Last Updated: 19/12/2013

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