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Free Postcode and Postal Address Data

Australia Post has strict licensing on it's data products, including the Postal Address File (the authoritative list of postal addresses in Australia) and the official postcode/locality list.

Recently they have tightened the licencing on their data which will no doubt lead to less individuals and businesses using it and hence more poor decisions about peoples locations and their addresses will be made.

As Australia Post is owned by the Dept of Communications, the Dept has the authority to make this data available.

It would also correct the issue right now in G-NAF where most addresses don't have a postcode due Australia Post and PSMA historically not being able to reach an agreement on the use of the postcode data (even though PAF is part of G-NAF!)


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  1. Comment
    Allan Barger
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    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.

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    Allan Barger
    ( Moderator )

    Hello All, thank you for continued interest in this dataset. We've received the following response from Office of Spatial Policy.


    The G-NAF, DCDB Cadastre, postcode and postal address datasets are all part of the ANZLIC – The Spatial Information Council’s multi-jurisdictional program the Foundation Spatial Data Framework. Under the Framework it is the goal of the Council to deliver these and other foundational spatial datasets as open and at no- or as low-cost as possible to the end user. The initial phase of the framework will be completed by April 2014, which will identify and deliver the datasets under the ten foundation themes in their current format. The second phase, seeks to work with all stakeholders to evolve the datasets to meet the stated goals of open and at no- or as low-cost as possible in addition to increasing quality and accessibility. Due to the considerable costs incurred throughout the supply chain for the requested datasets, especially for the G-NAF, the process of delivering these will be ongoing and a specific date cannot be provided at this point.


    Kind Regards,

    Allan, team

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      Matthew Landauer

      There's a lot of gobble dee gook in that response from the office of spatial policy.

      So, what exactly are they doing in April 2014 and given the fact that it is nearly the end of May have they done it?

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    I also think this is an important dataset to be public. What's needed to push this along?

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    Ashish Shah

    Given that it is almost 6 months post Apr 14 indication? An official response would be appreciated.

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      It seems pretty clear that the AusPost postcode data will not be made freely available.

      In addition to the standard licences, AusPost also offers a 'Postcode Reseller' licence. Whilst I am unable to locate reference to this licence on the AusPost website, [email protected] is able to provide information.

      Please note: The Postcode Reseller licence will not suit a large number of use cases and I recommend thoroughly reading the contract before signing it.

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