Canberra commits $42m to extend free G-NAF access

By on 14 August, 2023
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The federal government has signed a contract extension with Geoscape and committed $42.4 million to ensure G-NAF data remains freely available until mid-2029.

The G-NAF dataset of more than 15 million addresses is freely available and updated every three months.

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.

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

G-NAF data has been used and continues to be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • 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.

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