G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets are now open public data


As announced today by the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon. Angus Taylor, the Australian Government has made the Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF) and Administrative Boundaries datasets openly available via data.gov.au for use and re-use at no cost to end users.

Making these datasets openly available is one of the Government’s commitments under the National Innovation and Science Agenda announced on 7 December 2015.

The G-NAF is Australia’s authoritative, geocoded address file and as such it is one of the most requested ubiquitous, high-value datasets that can be made openly available to the economy.

The Administrative Boundaries dataset is Australia’s most comprehensive national collection of boundaries including government, statistical and electoral boundaries.

The G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets are produced by PSMA Australia Limited (PSMA), an unlisted public company formed by the nine governments of Australia to collate and standardise, format and aggregate location data from each of the jurisdictions into authoritative location based national datasets.

This initiative to make the G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets openly available has been achieved through an unprecedented level of collaboration between PSMA and the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments and also completes two major milestones in the Australia and New Zealand Foundation Spatial Data Framework.

There will be more to come as we continue to work closely with ANZLIC – the Spatial Information Council to make more common foundation spatial datasets ubiquitous across Australia and New Zealand through our comprehensive spatial data infrastructure.

On behalf of the Public Data Branch within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, I would like to thank all those involved in making these datasets open. The support that I have received on this three year journey from my team, my colleagues across the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, PSMA, ANZLIC, and the Spatial Industries Business Association has been quite incredible. There were many people that thought we would never achieve this public policy goal but for me it goes to show that through strong cross jurisdictional and agency relationships, resilience and sheer determination, great things can be achieved.

This is a pivotal moment and I am looking forward to hearing about the innovation that can now be achieved with access to these high value datasets. My Branch will now turn to our next goals which will continue to build on the Government’s commitment to better use and reuse of public data by delivering more high value data to the economy and working with Data61 to deliver the world’s best public data infrastructure.

The G-NAF is provided as a Pipe Separated Value (PSV) file and the Administrative Boundaries dataset is provided as an ESRI Shapefile and MapInfo TAB format. Updated versions of these datasets will be published on a quarterly basis from February 2016.

The G-NAF is available at: www.data.gov.au/dataset/geocoded-national-address-file-g-naf

The Administrative Boundaries dataset is available at: www.data.gov.au/dataset/psma-administrative-boundaries

Additional information about the G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets, including FAQs, is available at: www.dpmc.gov.au/pmc/about-pmc/core-priorities/public-data-branch-within-dpmc/geocoded-national-address-data-be-made-openly-available and further information is provided at: www.psma.com.au


Shane Mitchell (not verified) 26 February 2016

Congratulations - this is amazing. We have been waiting for this data to power some first-of-its-kind routing technology our company has been building. Before this release, we've had to compile and create datasets and maps from various partially-unreliable and incomplete data sources, do extensive cross-referencing and validation and manually correct gaps and errors. This release is not only a great source of data for our product, but will be great source of data for many Australian innovations to come. Thank-you!

John Chew (not verified) 27 February 2016

Thank you very much!

Rick (not verified) 2 March 2016

Excellent news. Will the property boundaries/cadastre also be released?

Chris (not verified) 3 March 2016

Are the Postcode boundaries also to be made available? I was expecting them as part of the Administrative dataset.

Victor (not verified) 11 March 2016

The administrative boundaries were always available on ABS http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1259.0.30.0022006 including postcodes.

justin meyers (not verified) 31 March 2016

I believe there are numerous errors in the FEB16_AdminBounds_ESRI (State Boundaries MAY 2015) - QUEENSLAND has numerous Islands in the dataset that do not actually belong to Australia.
143.096816 -9.074927
143.207201 -9.082211
142.745921 -9.279213

Several other islands in the Torres Strait Islands need to be checked to see if they actually belong to Australia.

Please fix

justin meyers (not verified) 31 March 2016

man, there are a ton of geometry issues with these datasets. the LGA data here: 140.967858 -36.455064
and in over 800 other locations has gaps/ overlaps and disagrees with geometry from state boundaries. Please clean the gis datasets

justin meyers (not verified) 1 April 2016

there are numerous gaps, and overlaps in the geometry of these datasets. Is there any plan to fix the geometry (haven't had a chance to look at attributes, been to busy fixing geometry)...

allan.barger 1 April 2016

Thank you for your feedback Justin, we have provided it to PSMA Australia Limited (PSMA).

justin meyers (not verified) 7 April 2016

could you have them contact me with regard to questions I have about the data?

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allan.barger 15 April 2016

Hello Justin,

If you've got any questions about the data please send us an email to data [at] pmc.gov.au


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