The daily interactions between government, the private sector and the community result in thousands of new addresses being created and captured in Australia every week. This address information is collected and stored in many different ways, creating the potential for addresses to vary widely in quality and accuracy. Disaster and emergency management agencies have long recognised that imprecise address information has the potential to place lives at risk through delayed emergency response. In recognition of the economic and social benefits associated with improving address quality, the governments of Australia have adopted a national coordinated approach to address management. The National Address Management Framework (NAMF) is a practical, consistent, standards-based framework to guide the process for verifying and exchanging address information. The NAMF goal of 'one address = one location' is supported through the use of G-NAF (Geocoded National Address File), Australia's authoritative index of physical Australian addresses and their location. Developed and managed by PSMA Australia, G-NAF has been the leading national address dataset since 2004. The dataset is updated on a quarterly basis. Not surprisingly, there has been an increasing demand for more frequent updates, particularly from the disaster and emergency management sector. In the last few years, PSMA Australia has been strongly focused on working though the challenges associated with delivering this dataset more frequently. This will be achieved with the release of G-NAF Live, a new service that will provide near real-time access to new addresses gazetted by state and territory governments. This paper will discuss the benefits of real-time address management for disaster and emergency services agencies and the efficiencies generated by access to authoritative national datasets.
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