[talk-au] Address tagging guidelines for Australia

Stéphane Guillou stephane.guillou at gmail.com
Sun Jan 19 03:00:10 UTC 2014

Thanks everyone for your input.

I wonder what was the rationale behind using abbreviations for countries 
and states as I understood that the database must be as human-readable 
as possible.
Still, I will be following the recommendations on the Key:addr page for 

However, I am still unsure about suburb vs city. Key:addr tells us to 
watch out for the Australian definition of suburbs, and Wikipedia says 
the following:

"In Australia and New Zealand, suburbs have become formalised as 
geographic subdivisions of a city and are used by postal services in 

As we are here tagging the address, I was wondering: are we tagging so 
the addresses appear as they should when we use them (e.g. when we write 
them on an envelope) - the original point of tagging an address I guess 
- (in which case I would just go with addr:city=The Gap), or should we 
understand the tags as literally as possible (in that case, I would go 
addr:city=Brisbane and addr:suburb=The Gap).

What would be the best way to decide on a convention so we can add 
guidelines for OSM-AU?


Stéphane (chtfn)

On 19/01/14 11:04, Ross Scanlon wrote:
> I'd suggest you check this page
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:addr
> You'll see that the addr:country is supposed to be:
> "The ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 two letter country code in upper case."
> We are talking addresses not is_in.
> Also addr:state can be either but it tends to be the abbreviation.
> Cheers
> Ross
> On 19/01/14 09:42, cleary wrote:
>> I prefer
>> state=Queensland
>> state_code=QLD
>> country=Australia
>> country_code=AU
>> which I understand is consistent with
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:is_in
>> While there is scope for abbreviations in certain special identified
>> categories, the norm remains that names written in full. It seems to me
>> that the "state", "state_code", "country" and "country_code" tags make
>> adequate provision for both.
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