The Australian Government has taken an important step in promoting innovation by releasing one of the most requested and high-value digital datasets to the economy, PSMA Australia Limited’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) and associated Administrative Boundaries dataset.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon. Angus Taylor welcomed the public release of the datasets, one of the Government’s commitments under the National Innovation and Science Agenda announced on 7 December 2015.
“With the release of the G-NAF, Australia becomes one of only a few countries in the world to make national geocoded address data openly available. Denmark made its geocoded address data open in 2002 and access to this data has been estimated to have added 62 million Euros to the Danish economy in the five years from 2005-2009. So the opportunities this represents to Australia’s economy are significant,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.
Geocoded address data can be used for many purposes, including personal navigation applications, infrastructure planning, business planning and analysis, logistics and service planning, and government service delivery and policy development. For example, an understanding of the approximate number of dwellings in an area can inform decisions for planning and developing community facilities and services.
“The Government is committed to making the best use of high-value public data and promoting digital innovation through publishing and sharing it.
“Data volumes are growing exponentially and so too is the potential value of public data. Australia’s capacity to remain competitive in the global digital economy depends on how well we can harness the value of this public data.
“The Australian Government recognises the importance of effectively managing, sharing and publishing public data as a national resource for the benefit of the Australian people.”
G-NAF is Australia's authoritative geocoded address file and contains more than 13 million physical address records.
The Administrative Boundaries dataset is Australia’s most comprehensive national collection of boundaries including government, statistical and electoral boundaries.
The Administrative Boundaries dataset contains boundaries in seven themes: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) boundaries, electoral boundaries, state and territory boundaries, local government areas, suburbs/localities, wards and town points. Some of the themes, such as the ABS boundaries, include further layers of data to support a wide range of analysis and segmentation activities.
Neither the G-NAF nor Administrative Boundaries datasets contain any personal information.
The G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets are available for use and reuse at no charge to end users through the Australian Government’s online data portal, data.gov.au. Updated versions of these datasets will be published on a quarterly basis.
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
 Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority, The value of Danish address data, 7 July 2010