Government Datasets or APIs

Free ABN Lookup Dataset

It would be great to access and Open dataset of the geolocation of all Companies and Businesses Registered in Australia.

Any sensitive private data could be stricken prior to publishing; and the dataset refreshed annually.


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  1. Comment
    Allan Barger
    ( Pinned Moderator )


    Thank you for your patience. We are very glad to announce that this dataset has been published and is now available on at

    We would like to offer our thanks to our colleagues at the Australian Business Registry for making this possible.


  2. Comment
    Allan Barger
    ( Moderator )

    Thank you. This request has been received and we have passed it on to relevant Agency. We will keep you updated on any progress and on the outcome of the request.

    Allan Barger,

    Web Projects Officer.

  3. Comment
    Igor Stjepanovic

    I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to gain access to just the list of all ABN entities with their addresses (not including locations - long/lat) for over a year. In my view they should make the entire list of companies available to download weekly, if not daily - it is a simple "export to excel" function that takes next to no time to run, and if zipped as archive, takes very little space on the server and is quick to download...

  4. Comment

    I have been speaking to the ABR (Federal Gov) on their ability to release some aspects of the ABR database. Do not expect contact names, more post code, industry type for example. I feel as though this could be of potential use to economic development apps...

    They have come back to say they are not participating in open data...

    Comments on this comment

    1. Comment

      This data would be very useful for many purposes, especially with the Geocoded ABR being released very soon. It could be used to validate existing business databases, or used to create a census product of businesses.

    2. Comment
      Chris Gough

      I don't know, but maybe the government has license-encumbered this public asset, old world business model. There are companies that charge ~$40 per record for access, presumably licencees. Government users get free access to periodically updated csv or an API, but without permission to share it.

  5. Comment

    Great news to hear this has been published, kudos to you guys and send on our thanks to the ABR team for their efforts on this. #greatwork :D

  6. Comment

    Yep , this could be really useful data. Thanks for getting it out there.

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to continue this conversation - if not let me know a better one:

    I was wondering why historical dumps are being kept (August 2014, Septemeber 2014, etc.). Looking at the JSON metadata (, I would expect the resource "id" for each resource (file/split) to stay the same and for the "revision_timestamp" to be updated each month as the resources are updated. New IDs would only be introduced if more splits were needed. I'm considering making an open source tool to automate syncing these resources and others to local systems. Having the IDs remain stable would make this task less complex.

    Some common ID across different splits of the same file would also be useful, but I couldn't see anything like that.

    The ability to use rsync would also be awesome :-)

  7. Comment
    Allan Barger
    ( Moderator )

    Sam, thanks for your comment.

    Suggestions with regard to the data should be directed to the data custodian. A contact point is usually available with the metadata. In this case I've passed on your comments to our colleagues at the Australian Business Registry.



  8. Comment

    The August dump files have now disappeared.

  9. Comment

    "I'm considering making an open source tool to automate syncing these resources and others to local systems."

    A bit off-topic, but as promised: ("Sync datasets from, the Australian government's open data website.")

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