The frontline of street addressing: Councils

June 24, 2011

AS/NZS 4819

The changes to the Australian / New Zealand AS/NZS4819: Rural and Urban Addressing Standard will be a considerable improvement on the 2003 version, providing more clarity in a shorter document. The working group (SASIG) intends to preparing a framework for maintaining online materials and support, with more helpful guidelines, FAQs and other materials to help councils to apply the standards.  As a collaborative, with other bodies such as the Victorian Spatial Council, Australia Post and Victorian local governments we must assist councils to with good guidelines, establishing clear processes for address data corrections.

There is no single piece of Address Legislation in Victoria, but “address” is explicitly or implicitly included in a number of pieces for Legislation, Guidelines and Government polices. I’ll expand on this in more detail in another blog.  The 79 local governments in Victoria are the custodians of all property address information and have the authority to assign addresses. However, there are some other organizations with a role, such as

  • residential developments under the control of the Resort Management Boards in Alpine areas
  • privately managed complex developments such as University Campuses
  • developments on Airport

It is important to ensure that all property managers, owners or custodians understand the link between good addressing and public safety. The spirit in which we work encourages open communication and a large dose of common sense.

Victorian Local Government

There is a rich experience within the network of employees in Local Governments across Victoria. The people with whom Dr Laura Kostanski and I have been involved work in various of roles that involve different degrees of involvement with address information.

The people who apply the standards have to deal with sometimes tricky legacy issues. One officer told me

I have to be firm on occasion, to prevent some potential disasters. I had a developer want to use A, B, C through to K instead of numbers. This situation arose because there was no “gap” left when the street was numbered in years gone by: No-one had dreamed that this land would ever be sold for development! Had the Standard existed back then a gap would have been left and we wouldn’t have this problem now! Anyway, we helped the developer to redo his plans to make sure no lots required numbering as such. I think all councils have some of these issues.


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3 Comments on “The frontline of street addressing: Councils”

  1. Paul Lennox Says:

    The revised standard AS/NZS4819 will definitely make life easier for Local Government, although workshops like the one being organised at Bass Coast Shire will help further clarify some of the grey areas. The Workshop is being held at Silverwater resort at San Remo on Tuesday the 5th of July 10.00am-1.00pm. If you would like to attend please contact Paul Lennox the GIS Coordinator at Bass Coast, at to make a booking


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