Addressing and the Australian Business Register

Thursday, 30 March, 2017
Use Type 
Use Case

The Australian Business Register (ABR) is a whole-of-government program that works collaboratively across government and industry to store details about businesses and organisations when they register for an Australian business number. The ABR is recognised nationally as a valuable asset and is used by the community and government daily to identify and verify business information and plan for infrastructure and service delivery.

Problem: Addresses need to be validated for internal service portals and when new registrations are created online.

Solution: Integrate the openly available G-NAF into the online process to use single-line address validation to verify addresses entered in real time. A 3rd party provided address validation service is used.

Use Case-Requirement Category 
Australian Taxation Office
Use case portfolio 

Australian Taxation Office

How spatial Data Assists 


The solution was a single-line address validation service using the openly available G-NAF as the reference address dataset. Using G-NAF for the ABR address validation tool enables the ATO to verify addresses at the point of capture and ensure the information held on the ABR was of the highest degree of accuracy.

Additionally, as G-NAF addresses also include a geocode, ABR addresses can be mapped and linked with other data such as ABS statistical and demographic data for further interrogation and analysis.  

Benefit Realised 

As a result of the process, a high proportion (92%) of the 7+ million existing ABNs on the ABR were verified and geocoded and ABN registrations can now be processed as they are submitted online.

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