Legal framework for street addressing, Victoria (Draft)

June 29, 2011

AS/NZS 4819

Who is responsible?

Approaches to resolving addressing disputes differ across Local Governments. There is no single piece of legislation.

“Under what legislation can we tell surveyors to adjust plans (with poor addressing)? ”

Approaches vary, but one rates officer I spoke to said, “Its fairly simple really. We advise that the plans submitted do not comply with our Council’s street addressing standards and request that the plans be adjusted and resubmitted so that street numbers can be allocated. We do take care to explain the concerns and provide guidelines and assistance “.

(Quote from a local government employee)

Street Address Numbers: Local Govt allocates approx. 99% of street address numbers. Various others including Public Housing and Private Developers allocate approx. 1% of street address numbers.
Road Name: Local Govt allocates the majority of primary road names, Main and Tourist road names allocated by VicRoads and road names on public land allocated by Department of Sustainability and Environment. Some private road names allocated by property developers.
Suburb Name: Local Government registers locality names with the Registrar of Geographic Names following community consultation


Victorian Government Framework

1. The naming of roads and localities is covered in the GEOGRAPHIC PLACE NAMES ACT 1998 No. 7 of 1998Version incorporating amendments as at 1 May 2010. A number of local, state and national level organizations have a role in specifying what conforms to correct addressing, to ensure Victorian councils have clear and consistent standards and guidelines.

2. The Registrar of Geographic Names (also the Surveyor General) of Victoria, Mr John Tulloch, released the Naming Guidelines 2010. The Guidelines are mandatory under the previous Act, and clearly establish best practice and principles for place naming and addressing. These Guidelines were developed with extensive consultation between Australia Post, Telstra, the local governments, the Office of Geographic Names (OGN), the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) who handle the state-wide Triple Zero (000) emergency dispatch, and DSE Spatial Information Infrastructure (responsible for the state-wide digital map data, called Vicmap).

The Guidelines seek to safeguard the public by making it easier for Victoria’s emergency services to locate anyone seeking emergency assistance. Some Victorian Councils have provided feedback that these clauses have become central in supporting their discussions around risk mitigation and revising some previously held misconceptions around assigning street addresses.

3. Competition and Consumer Act 2010 -Schedule 2
152 false or misleading representation about sale etc of land (1)d (find link)

Out of time but I will add to this informational content as time permits. There are other interrelated pieces of legislation such as Local Government Act, Planning Act and others.

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