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Rural Addressing

What is rural addressing?

Rural addressing is a simple, straightforward means of identifying, locating and addressing properties in rural areas. In NSW this is done by local councils in collaboration with Land & Property Information.

Why rural addressing?

With previous addressing techniques such as RMB’s, property names, “just a few miles past the grid”, and “after the last letterbox”, rural property owners have experienced delays and inconvenience with emergency services; and the delivery of goods and services.    

Rural addressing provides a standardised means of locating rural properties and is an accurate, easy to understand system, which is easily applied. This system has been implemented Australia-wide.

Schools will no longer accept RMB’s or property names when enrolling children. Service providers such as NBN, phone or energy companies will also, generally, not accept anything but a rural address.

How does rural addressing work?

An individual number is assigned to a property in accordance with set rules. The number is based on a distance from the starting point – usually a road “T” intersection – with odd numbers on the left and even numbers on the right.

As shown in the diagram, the property entrance of point ‘B’ is 5.53km (5530m) from point ‘A’ at the road intersection, giving the property an address number of 553 (i.e. the distance in metres divided by 10).

What do I do now?

If you would like to know your rural address please fill out an application form and provide a sketch showing the location of your property entrance and approximate distance from the nearest “T” intersection to your access driveway.

Forward the form or drop it in to Council’s office (with payment if an addressing post is required) and a Council officer will be in contact with you if more information is required.