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Every year, Australia’s population of more than 22 million people continues to grow, with people constantly relocating and changing their addresses. AMAS is the Address Matching Approval System, utilized as the Address Certification program and provided by the Australian Post. Similar to the French La Poste SNA, AMAS checks, corrects, and updates current Australian address data to ensure that it is valid, complete, and deliverable. Organizations can use the Australia Post’s Postal Address File (PAF) against certified address matching software to obtain the most accurate and recent information.
Once the address matching software is approved by the AMAS and the database files are matched against the PAF, an exclusive, randomly generated Delivery Point Identifier (DPID) is assigned to each individual record, in order to obtain barcode pricing. This guarantees the most competent and rapid mail delivery.
PO BOX, FLOOR/APARTMENT, HOUSE NUMBER, STREET NAME, STREET TYPE
LOCALITY ABBREVIATION, POSTAL CODE
Just as La Poste SNA, Australia’s AMAS has certain specifications for the format of the address field order (Recipient, Building, Locality, Postal Code, Country) in order for an address to be qualified as a valid one. The address lines must be straight and all words must have spaces between them. Only in Australian addresses, the postal code must be written in the four squares in the lower right corner of the envelope; oversees postal codes must not be written there, even if they can fit appropriately. There should not be any punctuation or indentation. The locality must be written in all capital letters and the state or territory must be in their abbreviated forms.