LPI leading legislative reform of the NSW addressing system

LPI has established a program called the Comprehensive Property Addressing System (CPAS) to implement best practice property addressing processes and a centralised address database for NSW. Underpinning the CPAS program is a legislative reform project.

The aim of the CPAS program is to create a centralised, comprehensive and official geo-coded address database for all of NSW.

In 2009, the NSW Spatial Council established the NSW Address Working Group (NAWG) to research current addressing practices and systems.

The NAWG found that existing legislation in its current form does not define the process for creation, maintenance and distribution of address information, nor does it define the rights and responsibilities of address custodians and users.

The lack of a strong legislative framework is one factor contributing to confusion in the process of naming roads and allocating addresses, making the process unnecessarily time consuming and costly for local government.

In response to these findings, the NSW Spatial Council endorsed LPI as the lead agency for the CPAS program based on the central role we play in the NSW land information system. For example, LPI manages many of the core databases that support address recording and distribution and has long-established relationships with local government, the Geographical Names Board and other key stakeholders.

The CPAS objective is to reduce red tape for address custodians and mitigate costs and risks by providing open and timely access to accurate, consistent and logical property address information for emergency services, business, government and the community.

Benefits of this program will extend beyond NSW. For example, when emergency services in neighbouring states are required to respond to an emergency in NSW, they will have access to one centralised (and accurate) system.

NAWG and LPI – in consultation with stakeholders – identified the following desirable features for CPAS:

  • All sites should be allocated a physical address.
  • Addresses should comply with the Australian and New Zealand Rural and Urban Addressing Standard – AS4819.
  • Addresses should be created earlier in the development process.
  • All roads linked to an address site should be named.
  • Private Roads should undergo a formal naming process, the same as public roads.
  • Correct and appropriate address number and road/street signage should be erected.
  • Address custodians should supply all address information (including road names and their extent) to LPI for processing through CPAS.

These recommended features will be considered within a broad review of current legislation aimed at removing impediments to a collaborative approach to addressing.

The outcome of the CPAS program will be a single, centralised source for all addressing information in NSW that will benefit state and local government, emergency services, the general community, Australia Post, utilities and industry.

Source: NSW News & Views Issue 13

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