Australia Post - Postal Address File

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A comprehensive address reference database for Australia.

Auspost PAF

Data Overview

The PAF is an extract from Australia Post’s core addressing database: the Address Topology Location and Spatial (ATLAS), which has been developed for the purpose of supporting Australia Post’s mail processing and delivery operations.

The PAF is one of the most comprehensive address reference databases in Australia. It contains Australian addresses in a correct address format and their corresponding Delivery Point Identifiers (DPIDs) and Delivery Identifier (DID).

The DPID can be used to link to other data relating to an address and is used as the key for additional data packages.

Australia Post data includes:
– PAF Basic
– Additional Reference Files
– PAF Data Packages
– Geocoded PAF

Note: DPIDs can only ever be assigned using AMAS approved software and the current PAF release.

The address records supplied in the PAF are compiled from Australia Post’s internal operations and processes. Some data supplied in additional PAF data packages may be sourced from external bodies. Indication will be provided where data is externally sourced along with an acknowledgement of the source.

DPID’s and DID’s explained
The PAF contains records that include Delivery Point Identifiers (DPID)’s and Delivery Identifiers. The Delivery Point Identifier (DPID) is a randomly generated, unique 8-digit number, which is allocated for every new address added to the source address database. All DPIDs for complete addresses fall within the range of 30,000,000 to 99,999,999.

The Delivery Identifier (DID) is an 8-digit number which is assigned to a whole Street or Locality and represents all of the addresses in the Group or Locality. Group DIDs are within the range of 26,000,000 to 27,999,999. Locality DIDs are within 28,000,000 to 28,999,999.

Australia Post and Data Army acknowledges the difficulties of ensuring full address data coverage and accuracy, as addresses are created, changed, and deleted by a variety of third parties.

Australia Post is committed to a continuing program of improved address coverage. This program includes but is not limited to daily address capture by Australia Post delivery staff, reject/missort analysis within Australia Post mail centres and data sharing with State Land Authorities.

All addresses are provided in the format described by Australian Standard 4590-1999 for the Interchange of Client Information Australia Post and Data Army makes no claim as to the extent of address coverage for the PAF and acknowledges that it is incomplete in some parts.

Place a contact request for full terms and conditions for the PAF data and available options.

Permitted Use
  • Assist with providing products and services to customers
  • Embedded online validation
  • Validating internal information that may be provided to other parties required under law, regulation, or industry code

Prohibited Use

  • Use for the benefit of a third party
  • Create derivative works to provide to others
  • Sub-licence, rent or transfer
  • Copy, reproduce, publish
  • Reverse engineer or disassemble
  • Use which causes loss to Australia Post
*Data updated quarterly
**Data for Australia at an address level

Cloud Region Availability

Asia Pacific (Sydney)

Australia East (New South Wales)


Lookup Tables




Paid (Trial available)

Geographic Coverage

Australia (by Address)


Business Needs

Data Quality and Cleansing

Location Geocoding

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Data Quality and Cleansing



Use the PAF and its associated lookup tables to enrich incorrect or missing address data.

Location Geocoding



The Geocoded PAF contains latitude, longitude and level of confidence of the delivery point for both “centroid” and “Letterbox” types.

Longitude and Latitude values are decimal values based on measurement standard GDA94.

These geometries can be intersected to other geospatial data sets to form an integration.

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Append suppression flags based on PAF deceased or moved flags and block mail pieces like to result in return to sender responses.