Today the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon Angus Taylor announced the Australian Government’s much anticipated release of two of PSMA Australia’s products, G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries, under open data terms.
Assistant Minister Taylor said:
'With the release of the G-NAF, Australia becomes one of only a few countries in the world to make national geocoded address data openly available'
The Assistant Minister's statement explains why G-NAF is one of the most requested and high-value digital datasets to the economy:
'Geocoded address data can be used for many purposes, including personal navigation applications, infrastructure planning, business planning and analysis, logistics and service planning, and government service delivery and policy development.'
As Helen Owens, Principal Adviser, Public Data, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet announced:
'Making these datasets openly available is one of the Government’s commitments under the National Innovation and Science Agenda announced on 7 December 2015.
'...This initiative to make the G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets openly available has been achieved through an unprecedented level of collaboration between PSMA and the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments and also completes two major milestones in the Australia and New Zealand Foundation Spatial Data Framework...'
PSMA Australia is excited to share the benefits of these two datasets with the broader economy.
PSMA's CEO, Dan Paull, said:
‘Everything happens somewhere, making location a really useful means for interpreting and analysing information. The one location attribute that is virtually universal across business and government is address.
'As an authoritative database of geocoded addresses, G-NAF provides the essential connection between all other textural data and a range of other geospatial data including property, roads and points of interest.
'It has always been PSMA's mission to make the value of spatial data broadly available for the benefit of the Australian economy and we look forward to the innovative applications enabled by the open release of G-NAF.'
This agreement exemplifies the strong relationship between PSMA and all levels of governments as Ms Owens said:
‘This initiative to make the G-NAF openly available has been achieved through collaboration between PSMA and the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments. PSMA’s success in aggregating data from across the jurisdictions has resulted in the development of an incredibly important and world-leading national geocoded address dataset, which to date has been made commercially available. PSMA has worked hard to transform its business model so that this high-value data can be made available to the economy for use and reuse under open data terms.
'The G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets is published under an open data licence at no cost to end users on data.gov.au.’
G-NAF is available at: www.data.gov.au/dataset/geocoded-national-address-file-g-naf
Administrative Boundaries dataset is available at: www.data.gov.au/dataset/psma-administrative-boundaries
The Australian Government has released FAQs as well as the End User Licence Agreement in response to queries raised about the open release of G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries.
PSMA looks forward to exploring how our asset of national location data can support of the creation of opportunities for industry innovation and competitiveness.
Public Data Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, [email protected]
Kate Mann, Marketing and Communications Adviser, PSMA Australia, 02 6260 9000 or [email protected]