The G-NAF dataset of over 15 million addresses is freely available to the public and updated every 3 months. That means Australia’s governments and businesses can easily access accurate, up-to-date address data to provide better services.

G-NAF is created by Geoscape Australia, a company owned by Australia’s federal, state and territory governments. Geoscape has been creating location datasets for government and business since 2001, and the G-NAF data was first made public in 2015.

Some of the things G-NAF has been used for include:

  • helping emergency services locate building access points
  • validating addresses for online forms
  • optimising Australia Post delivery routes
  • managing border crossings during COVID-19
  • infrastructure and land use planning
  • helping banks and insurers assess property risk
  • improving the quality of Census data
  • helping the Australian Electoral Commission manage the electoral roll.

The Australian Government signed a contract extension with Geoscape in July 2023 and committed $42.4 million to ensure G-NAF data remains freely available until mid-2029.

A 2022 study by Lateral Economics estimated that open G-NAF would provide $1.4 billion in economic benefit to the Australian community over 15 years.

Geoscape also publish an Administrative Boundaries (AB) dataset showing government, statistical and electoral boundaries. These data complement G-NAF location data.

Case study

Using G-NAF to help businesses during a disaster

In January 2020, the Black Summer Bushfires were having a huge impact on communities and businesses across Australia.

Dealing with the immediate threat to people and the environment was the most important thing. But the Australian Government also needed to quickly identify the businesses and staff most affected by the fires so they could provide targeted assistance. 

This information wasn’t easily available. So our department drew on the G-NAF dataset, integrating it with:

We then used digital mapping tools to identify businesses in the areas directly impacted by bushfires, as well as those whose supply chains were affected.

This helped government entities work out where assistance was needed most and which businesses were eligible. 

Access the G-NAF data

Find out more and download the latest dataset at Updated August 2023.

Access the Administrative Boundaries data

Find out more and download the latest dataset at Updated August 2023.