Rural property addressing will provide all occupied rural properties, homes and businesses, with a numbered property address. This is consistent with the national standards for Australia and New Zealand.
By 2014 approximately 60,000 properties were issued with a new address.
A rural property address consists of:
The new addresses do not affect residents' privacy. It will only identify the property, not who lives there. Rural property addressing does not alter the previously established locality and suburb names and boundaries.
These addresses are allocated by the local council and property owners are 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.
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:
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.
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.
Rural property addressing is jointly managed by the state government and local councils.
The state government will:
The local councils will:
There is a map of all the councils' current rural addressing project status 478.7 KB.
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:
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.
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.
You should give your new address to:
Once you have been allocated an address your local council will notify the national address database which is used by:
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. Contact your local council for costs, if any, associated with the provision of a replacement road side number plate.
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.
For an alternative version of any document on this page contact Land Services.