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AS/NZS 4819:2011
Rural and urban addressing

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Committee IT-004
AS/NZS 4819:2003
DR AS/NZS 4819

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Provides requirements and guidance for addressing authorities to use for assigning addresses, naming roads and localities, recording and mapping the related information, and related signage.


This Standard provides requirements and guidance for addressing authorities to use for-
(a) assigning addresses;
(b) naming roads and localities;
(c) recording and mapping the related information; and
(d) signage related to the above.


1.3.1 Intended audience
The Standard outlines the various address-related elements and provides guidance on the application of those elements to the range of address site types.
It is intended primarily for use by those agencies that are responsible for addressing-usually local governments. Parts of the Standard should also be used by developers where the addressing authorities enable them to propose addresses and name roads.
The Standard is intended to help addressing authorities fulfil their custodial responsibility for the ongoing maintenance, accuracy and quality of addresses in a manner that is consistent across the country and, wherever possible, across both Australia and New Zealand.
1.3.2 Guidelines
Separate guidelines that cover how this Standard should be applied in different circumstance are the responsibility of jurisdictional agencies and the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM). These agencies are listed in Appendix C.
1.3.3 Retrospective application-Existing addresses
The application of this Standard is not intended to be retrospective.
Previous editions of the Standard recognized the prerogative of an addressing authority in relation to renumbering or otherwise changing existing addresses, road names, etc. and the extent to which it conforms to the Standard. This revision, however, sets the standard for the assignment of new addressing. It looks forward, and is intended primarily to ensure that the problems of the past are not repeated with new addresses. The extent to which the Standard is applied to existing addressing anomalies is not a matter included in this Standard. This remains the prerogative of the addressing authority and jurisdictional interests.
1.3.4 Data specification out of scope
The Standard does not specify detailed data requirements nor imply a database schema, or similar. The 2003 edition specified, in particular, codes, data structures, and formats (especially in Appendix H), which are more appropriately covered in other Standards such as AS 4590. These concerns would need to also apply to legacy addresses, which are not part of this Standard.
1.3.5 Cooperation between agencies
Addresses have become ubiquitous and of pervasive interest to individuals, to the public at large, to government agencies, to postal agencies, and particularly to the emergency services. There is significant community and national benefit in having a consistent and integrated addressing infrastructure that serves all these groups. Implementing the Standard requires a spirit of cooperation between all parties, including addressing authorities and addressing custodians. This is particularly important where addressing issues extend beyond jurisdictional boundaries (e.g. a road that passes through different local government areas).
1.3.6 Application to indigenous communities
Within indigenous communities, roads shall be named and address sites numbered in accordance with this Standard.
1.3.7 Application to private communities and towns
A private community or town, such as a retirement village or mining town, shall be addressed in terms of this Standard.


Originated as AS/NZS 4819:2000.
Second edition 2003.
Third edition 2011.

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