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For enquiries relating to the application of address numbering and related issues, please contact Council at

Addressing components

An address is made up of several parts with each part administered by various authorities and legislation.

The street number for an address is issued by Local Council under the Local Government Act 1993.

Address numbering shall be unique, clear, unambiguous and applied in a logical manner. Address numbers shall be applied to all sites which require unique identification to facilitate access, delivery of services or maintenance of records.

Determination of an address number – NSW Government Address Policy – Section 6.1.1

The main access, or where access is most likely to occur for a visitor, from a road to an address site (e.g. front door) determines the primary address. Sometimes there might be separate vehicular and pedestrian access to a site. The primary address should be allocated to the pedestrian access point; the alternate address should be allocated to the vehicular access point

Further information can be found in the NSW Address Policy and User Manual.

A road is named by the Road Authority that maintains the road, for example Local Council or Roads and Maritime Service.

When naming a road, the naming authority must follow the processes outlined in the Roads Act 1993 and Roads Regulation 2018. The Geographical Names Board, under the authority of the Surveyor-General must be notified of any new road names.

Under the Geographical Names Act 1966 the Geographical Names Board has a statutory responsibility to determine definitive boundaries for suburbs and localities throughout New South Wales. The GNB works closely with local government councils when defining boundaries because these boundaries affect addressing for local residents.

For information on proposing a new or amended locality name or boundary please go to the Address Locality Naming and Boundaries page of the Geographical Names Board website.

For enquiries, comments, suggestions or amendments regarding locality/suburb naming or boundaries, please visit the Geographical Names Board Contact Us web page.

Postcodes are allocated to geographic areas by Australia Post to help them process and deliver mail to customers.

For further information on postcodes please visit Australia Post’s web page Assignment of postcodes.

If you have any concerns regarding the postcode allocated to your property / region please lodge a customer request with Australia Post, via:

Rural Addressing

Rural Addressing is a simple, straightforward means to identify and locate rural properties throughout Australia.

For many years property owners defined their property locations as “just a few kilometers past the grid” or “next to the green hay shed on the right”, this caused delays and inconvenience for emergency services and the delivery of goods and services to the community.

Rural addressing assigns an individual number to a property in accordance with rules set by the NSW Government.

Further information on Rural Addressing can be found in the NSW Address Policy and User Manual.

To apply for a rural address, please download the Application for Rural Addressing form,  complete and return it to Council with the application fee.


2021/2022 Rural Addressing Fees
Post & Numbers for Rural Addressing (per set within 10klm of
Post & Numbers for Rural Addressing (per set outside 10klm of

The application fee can be paid by the following means:

  • In person at our Administration Centre on 144 Otho Street, Inverell;
  • Over the phone – (02) 6728 8288;
  • A money order or cheque made out to Inverell Shire Council and posted to PO Box 138, Inverell NSW 2360.

Once the application form and fee are received, a Council staff member will issue a rural address number and install a roadside address post at the property within 10 working days of receipt.

Should you have any questions regarding the Application for a Rural Address please contact Council on (02) 67288 288.

Address notifications

When an address is allocated or amended Council notifies the following service providers to allow them to update their own address databases.

  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australia Post (including local Post Offices)
  • Essential Energy
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Google Maps
  • NBN Co.
  • NSW Ambulance
  • NSW Police
  • NSW Government – Customer Service / Spatial Services
  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Telstra

Currently, many organisations utilise third party addressing products for validation purposes, which use data from non-authoritative sources.

There can be many reasons why an address can not be found by a service provider, please contact Council to confirm your address should you be experiencing any issues.

Last modified: 01-Jul-2021



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