Geocoded national address data to be made openly available

The Australian Government has entered into an agreement with PSMA Australia Limited (PSMA) to release one of the most requested ubiquitous, high-value datasets to the economy, PSMA’s Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF), and their Administrative Boundaries datasets.

In today’s digitally mobile world, location based (or spatial) information influences almost everything we do. Access to spatial data is becoming increasingly important given the rapid take-up and use of mobile devices in Australia. One of the most ubiquitous and powerful spatial datasets in a digital economy is a highly accurate geocoded national address file.

The future release of this data into the economy is a significant demonstration of the Government’s commitment to better use of public data.

PSMA is an unlisted public company owned by the nine governments of Australia, including the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments. PSMA receives location data from each of the jurisdictions and standardises, formats and aggregates the data into authoritative location based national datasets.

The previous licencing arrangements for accessing the G-NAF were highly restrictive, preventing optimal collaboration and data sharing between existing users. This resulted in underutilisation of the data.

Making the G-NAF available under open data terms will remove barriers to greater use of the data and unlock and create opportunities for industry innovation and competitiveness.

Beneficiaries will include industry, community organisations, research institutions and government agencies.

Geocoded address data can be used in almost any business or operation. Examples include: national, state and local infrastructure planning; business planning and analysis; logistics and service planning; emergency and disaster response; personal navigation and mapping; fraud prevention; address validation at the point of entry for business and government; and effective government service delivery and policy development.

This initiative to make the G-NAF openly available has been achieved through collaboration between PSMA and the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments. PSMA’s success in aggregating data from across the jurisdictions has resulted in the development of an incredibly important and world leading national geocoded address dataset, which to date has been made commercially available. PSMA has worked hard to transform its business model so that this high-value data can be made available to the economy for use and reuse under open data terms.

The G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets will be published under an open data licence at no cost to end users on data.gov.au in February 2016. The G-NAF will be provided as a Pipe Separated Value (psv) file and the Administrative Boundaries dataset will be provided as an ESRI Shapefile file. Updated versions of these datasets will be published on a quarterly basis.


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Daniel O'Connor (not verified) 7 December 2015

Fantastic news.


Jake Clarke (not verified) 7 December 2015

Spectacular


Henry Walshaw (not verified) 7 December 2015

Great news all!


Alison Anderson (not verified) 7 December 2015

Thank you this is incredibly good news.


Michael Sharp (not verified) 7 December 2015

This is excellent news indeed!


John Dalton (not verified) 7 December 2015

Will the "open data terms" be compatible with the data being uploaded to OpenStreetMap? If not, could the licensing terms be made compatible with OpenStreetMap please?


Marcus Blake (not verified) 7 December 2015

A major achievement that will create new ideas, new questions, new knowledge and new wealth. In short it will enable innovation.


Asim Suvedi (not verified) 7 December 2015

This is awesome !


Mark Prayer (not verified) 7 December 2015

Fantastic! will I be able to get the council info from the geolocation??


Bill wines (not verified) 7 December 2015

Great. Why has this taken so long.??


Nathan Dunn (not verified) 7 December 2015

Brilliant! Thanks to all involved.


Rudolf Schnetler (not verified) 7 December 2015

This is very good news indeed.


John Mobbs (not verified) 7 December 2015

Congratulations to all concerned for this far-reaching and sensible development !


Andrew Dingjan (not verified) 7 December 2015

This is great leap forward for geo-spatial data and open data access. Terrific news!


Vaughan (not verified) 7 December 2015

Great news. So where do we register for updates?


Chad (not verified) 7 December 2015

Amazing... has been such an enormous pain to work around this.


LB (Ben) Johnston (not verified) 7 December 2015

Epic stuff! thanks Australia!


Dylan Clement (not verified) 7 December 2015

Well done, great to see us taking a lead in making this data publicly available.


Shaun Haddrill (not verified) 7 December 2015

Good news!
Which formats will be available for download?


Sam Hassell (not verified) 7 December 2015

Congratulations all involved!


Benjamin Kaiser (not verified) 8 December 2015

Great! That's the top requested dataset!

How about the second one? Freeing of the proprietary postcode dataset!
https://datagovau.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Free-Postcode-and-Postal-Address-D...

It's absolutely ridiculous that organisations must pay for this! Do you want peoples mail to be mis-delivered due to outdated postcode usage with old datasets?


Omar (not verified) 8 December 2015

How up-to-date will the data be?


Martin Brady - ... (not verified) 8 December 2015

Congratulations on this fantastic outcome for everyone who has a stake in location information in Australia. The result of a lot of foresight, hard work and negotiation from the Australian Government and PSMA. From the ABS and a Statistical Spatial Framework perspective this is a great step forward.
http://www.nss.gov.au/nss/home.nsf/pages/Statistical%20Spatial%20Framewo...


Fred Stark (not verified) 8 December 2015

Great news!

@Omar, It says updates will be released quarterly, so will be up-to-date within 3 months.


Statsman (not verified) 8 December 2015

Fantastic! It will be a race to see who has a free geocoding website up and running to drive traffic to their website! open data in action.
A brilliant initiative from the government, next up postcode data, better formats for census and release property info! This will prevent the 'data cartels' from stifling innovation, the biggest risks in the new data centric economy.
Open data drives innovation. e.g. Public transport data have revolutionised the way we catch buses.


Garry Freris (not verified) 8 December 2015

This is the best news, I had for a long time. When will it be available?


James Fysh (not verified) 9 December 2015

Awesome. Will this be released with on-going refreshes, or just a once-off cut of data?


Matthew James Taylor (not verified) 9 December 2015

Brilliant news!


Justin Fail (not verified) 9 December 2015

Well done! And lets cement the humble shapefile as a data standard while there too! ;)


Gilbert Q (not verified) 9 December 2015

I wonder when we will be able to actually get access to this data.


Peter Scott (not verified) 9 December 2015

Looking forward to February - fantastic news and really demonstrates the current Government commitment to Open Data - well done.


Frank Blanchfield (not verified) 10 December 2015

Great news. Hopefully free access to robust geocoding will at last see an end to misguided use of postcode as a pseudo geography.


Anonymous (not verified) 10 December 2015

Hope it's not as delayed as the AusPost data.


Nicole Godfrey ... (not verified) 11 December 2015

A fantastic, mature, forward-thinking development.


Peter (not verified) 11 December 2015

Great news. What will be published? Full extracts (including retired data or just active data) and / or quarterly incremental files?


Claire Eyles (not verified) 14 December 2015

Great news let us get innovative now!


Murthy Vaidheeswaran (not verified) 14 December 2015

Thats Great !


Existing PSMA G... (not verified) 15 December 2015

Assuming the GNAF is released via data.gov.au with the same timings, frequency and format as it currently is for official resellers then the following should apply:
- Releases will be approx. late Feb, May, August and November each year;
- As suggested by above timings (and stated in the press release), frequency is currently quarterly. In its current state the quarterly release is a full data set release;
- The download file format would be pipe separated value (as stated in the press release).

Also worth noting that there is always lag between the creation of an address, the supply by all contributors to GNAF and its appearance in GNAF after quality assurance from PSMA. Therefore, from quarter to quarter each current release may not include all address changes that have occurred in the period since the previous release.

And to the people calling for free Postal Address File (PAF) data from Australia Post...... Agreed. Keep screaming and it just might happen.


Phil Wyatt (not verified) 16 December 2015

Can we please make sure that there is explicit wording that allows use of such open data with the Open Street Map project odbl licencing. It seems to be in the too hard basket for many agencies to do the research and say yes or no. If it was made a requirement for this site then all the hassle would be gone and OSM mappers could get on with supporting humanitarian organisations like the Red Cross by using quality OSM maps.

http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/


joseph yeo (not verified) 16 December 2015

Would be nice to provide some limited beta licenses for developers to test on integration with current dbms.


Peter Florent (not verified) 17 December 2015

Congratulations on a great outcome for eveyone, this will provide fantastic opportunities for all current and future users.


Greg Evans (not verified) 17 December 2015

Well done to those who worked hard for this outcome.


matt dowling (not verified) 17 December 2015

great news. well done to all involved.



Dale (not verified) 18 January 2016

As an end user of the G-NAF dataset within a utility, I would like to see the time delay for the data update values and data corrections come out through the G-NAF 1/4ly distributions improved. I have observed local address values which are now on urban letterboxes, which have not appeared in the G-NAF data set in the last 12 months. A few current values in the G-NAF dataset are remaining incorrect. The residents must be getting the mail delivered to these urban addresses correctly from the PAF 1/4ly released address data file.
Are there any considerations on the path for updates to be received from other sources to assist with the GNAF data set data?


Gnanendra Matavalam (not verified) 2 February 2016

Awesome !, Great stuff guys


Gerry Oswald (not verified) 4 February 2016

Any idea when in February the data will be released?


Marco Giana (not verified) 8 February 2016

Hi I have did a quick search on data.gov.au for the address data but does not seem to be available yet. Any confirmation when in Feb it will be available?


RAVAN (not verified) 9 February 2016

Has the data been released ?


James OBrien (not verified) 10 February 2016

According to the normal commercial suppliers (e.g. MDS or OmniLink) the PSMA data are scheduled to be released on Feb 22nd. Hopefully it will be the same release date for the general public.


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