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Rural property addressing

Rural property addressing will provide all occupied rural properties, homes and businesses, with a numbered property address. This will be consistent with the national standards for Australia and New Zealand.

By 2014 approximately 60,000 properties being issued with a new address.

A rural property address will consist of: 

  • a distance-based road number 
  • road name 
  • locality 
  • postcode.

The new addresses will not affect residents' privacy. It will only identify the property, not who lives there. Rural property addressing will not alter the previously established locality and suburb names and boundaries.

These addresses will be allocated by the local council and property owners will be notified once the new address becomes official. For more information contact your local council.

If you are constructing a new building on your property contact your local council for information about getting a new property address.

If your road has no name or signposting contact your local council for information and advice.

Rural property addressing video transcript

Why it is being implemented

Currently, finding many rural properties relies heavily on people's knowledge of the local area and reference points. This can be confusing and time consuming.

Giving rural properties a consistent address will:

  • assist emergency services and service providers find properties - eg vets 
  • improve the safety of people in rural areas 
  • improve delivery of services and infrastructure 
  • provide a certainty of location and a recognised address that can be understood nationally.

How an address is worked out

Property numbers are worked out based on the distance from the start of the road to the entrance of the property. That distance (in metres) is divided by ten.

Even numbers are on the right and odd numbers are on the left. For example: the entrance to a property 5,080 metres from the start of the road on the right hand side becomes number 508.

The start of the road is determined as the fastest and safest road accessed from the nearest major road or town. Rural road maps are being drawn up to define the name, the start point and direction of every rural road.

Names of localities remain the same

Just as in the urban environment we have 'suburbs', in the rural areas we have 'localities'. Rural locality names in South Australia were established in consultation with local councils between 1992 and 2005. They were then gazetted as official locality or suburb boundaries for public use under the Geographical Names Act. The rural addressing project will not alter the previously established names and boundaries.

Who issues the addresses

Rural property addressing is jointly managed by the state government and local councils.

The state government will: 

  • provide standard communication, process support and negotiation with third parties 
  • provide technical support to local councils 
  • establish the rural property address register, rural road register and maintenance systems.

The local councils will: 

  • confirm rural road names and new generated addresses 
  • name any unnamed, occupied roads and notify the state government
  • communicate official addresses to property owners
  • ask residents to display the appropriate property address signs.

Rural addressing progress map

There is a map of all the councils' current rural addressing project status.

I already have a number

You will still be issued with a new numbered address even if you currently have a rural areas property identification directory (RAPID) number or equivalent.

The current RAPID numbers or equivalent: 

  • are not unique 
  • are not universally supported by councils or emergency services
  • are not officially recognised as an address 
  • are of little benefit for people who don't have access to topographical maps.

If you have a post box, post office, private or locked bag that you have mail delivered to you should continue to use it. If you have any concerns about mail delivery contact Australia Post.

Can a new address be changed?

Once your address has been issued it can't be changed unless it is incorrect. If the wrong entrance was used to create your new number or if the number is incorrect you should contact your local council as soon as possible.

Who to tell about your new address

You should give your new address to:

  • family and friends
  • businesses and other organisations you deal with - eg bank, medical organisations, motor registration.

Once you have been allocated an address your local council will notify the national address database which is used by: 

  • Australia Post 
  • emergency services 
  • Telstra 
  • state and federal electoral commissions 
  • SA Power Networks and SA Water.

Road signs

All property owners must ensure that their roadside number is clearly visible and can be recognised from a vehicle travelling along the road in both directions. This will assist services to find properties as every number will help determine a property's location. A standard format sign has been approved by your council.

Rural road maps

Rural road maps are being prepared to define the start and end of every rural road in the state on a council and regional basis.   As each region and council is completed the road maps are posted for viewing.


Related information

On this site

Land services industry entry point

Other websites

Country Fire Service map books

Local Government Association

Rural and urban addressing standards

Downloads

Rural property addressing: this could save valuable time poster

Rural property addressing brochure

For an alternative version of any document on this page contact the Land Services Group.


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Page last updated: 28th November 2014