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Accessible up-to-date digital Australian Postcode Maps, even
without complex or expensive specialist software..

If you are a return visitor, please refresh your browser, as our site content is regularly updated. Thank you for dropping in!

Here is a list of quick links to help you find the Postcode information you're looking for. Click on a list item below to go straight to that section. When you're through, use your browser's "Back" button to return to this list.. Alternatively, try our search engine..

To place an order, you can either use the shopping cart on this page adjacent to the product list, or complete and submit the enquiry form specifying your requirements.

The most commonly asked questions about Postcode Maps

Licence requirements
Take me straight to the product list
My Manager has asked me to source a Postcode Map..
Are these paper maps or digital computer maps?
Frequently Asked Questions, will help you decide what is the right product for your needs and also tell you about things you need to know about alternative "postcode products".

About our different Postcode products

Australian Map Series or GIS Data? A quick comparison of our two major product lines to help you decide what's best for your needs.
Map Series Standard and Pro compared and illustrated
Products and prices, State / Territory and National range
Products and prices, Capital City Map Series
Small Business, Small Business - Limited, and Organisational Licenses
Ordering and payment
Upgrade options
Our price guarantee
Data series product currency
Keeping your Postcode Maps and Data up-to-date with our Postcode Update Service

About things you can do with our Postcode Maps and Postcode GIS Data

Quick tour of the Map Series range
A street and suburb level view of the product
Examples using the GIS Data range for typical market research and franchise / territory applications
Some examples using ABS Business Activity data.
Showing change in actively trading businesses over two data reporting periods (updated May 2014)
Northern Tasmania - business activity decline - does this explain why it is an "unemployment black spot"?
Example showing Territories distributed on the basis of similar numbers of businesses / customers in the constituent postcode areas of each.
Customer numbers / sales distributions by postcode
We have spreadsheets with sales records and dealerships, can these be analysed using in your Postcode Data?
Using the data products within Google Earth or Google Maps
A few things to note about using GIS data in Google Earth / Google Maps
Web site deployment. Data can be compiled as an interactive web site if required.

Notes about security, e-mail attachments and e-mail addresses

Updates and custom data typically are sent to you as e-mail attachments or via ftp. Please ensure your system is equipped to cope with secure document encryption.
I ordered a product via e-mail several days ago, and I haven't heard back from you..

Cautionary notes about "free" on-line Australian postcodes and mapping tools

Free Australia Post postcode list with geocoded coordinates, user beware!
Free postcode radius search mapping tool, could it be GIGO?

Latest Release ~ Australian Postcode Map Series Pro 2014.

Our latest Map Series has two State / Territory A0 Postcode Map versions, plus the State Capital City A1 Postcode Map. What's more, all are updated to the very latest Australia Post definitive database level, that's over 1,000 updates and additions in all States and Territories, since the Map Series was released in October 2006! In addition, all MapMakers digital products are covered by a 20% price guarantee. Below is a summary of what's included with the latest Pro product line:

Low Resolution. This version deploys a 1:5 million scale background image for the main map, plus a combination of 1:1 million and 1:250,000 scale background images for the inset maps. This combination facilitates clarity of major towns and geographic features in the background maps, whilst keeping file sizes small enough for fast display and searching even on older laptop and office machines.

High Resolution. The High Resolution version uses a 1:1 million scale background image for the main map plus a combination of 1:250,000 and 1:1 million scale images for the detailed inset maps. It provides much more detail in the main map background than the Low Resolution version, but still keeps file size small enough for acceptable display and search speeds on older computers. Display and search on well-specified modern machines is very fast. For users who wish to print a paper copy, this would be the version to use.

Capital City. Each State and Territory Capital City in large A1 PDF format. Ideal for users whose interest is confined to metropolitan regions. The City Maps use the same high resolution 1:250,000 background images as the State / Territory High Resolution versions. All the detail you'll need including searchable Postcodes and places, with the benefit of smaller file sizes for super fast rendering and searches, even on laptop and older machines. The Capital City Map Series can be purchased separately if preferred, check them out here..

The following table summarises and illustrates the different Postcode Map versions included with the Standard and Pro Map Series Products

Low Resolution State / Territory map

Map Series Standard Edition - YES

Map Series Pro Edition - YES

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High Resolution State / Territory map

Map Series Standard Edition - YES

Map Series Pro Edition - YES

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State / Territory Capital City Map

Map Series Standard Edition - NO

Map Series Pro Edition - YES

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Our Australian Postcode Map Series and Australian Postcode Map Series Pro are presented in Adobe .PDF format. Interactive search by Postcode, suburbs and towns. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader v6.0 or later, or an equivalent application to use your maps. The product series is available for each State / Territory of Australia, for each major metropolitan capital city, and as a discounted compilation for our whole nation. These products bring many of the advantages of sophisticated GIS programs but without the expense and complexity. Postcode area maps are what you need and this series delivers! All Map Series products include both High and Low resolution versions for added convenience and utility. In the Map Series Standard editions, the Low resolution versions allow rapid display and searching on most computers, while the High resolution version provides a high level of background map detail (combination of 1:1 million for the State / Territory base map and 1:250,000 for the inset maps). Our Postcode Map Series Pro provides both State / Territory versions in Low and High resolution PLUS the relevant Capital City product(s) are included to complete the Pro product package. This series represents the very best in contemporary Australian Postcode mapping and is exceptional value. Take a tour of the product.

Our Australian GIS Postcode Data products are available for individual States / Territories, and as a discounted compilation for our whole nation. They are available in most widely used digital GIS formats (ESRI .shp; MapInfo Mif/Mid; and KML for use with the amazing and free Google Earth - please see the Supplementary Licence Conditions for supply in Google KML format). The product list can be accessed here. These are suitable for a large range of advanced marketing and business analysis applications within a geographic information system (GIS) application. If you haven't heard of GIS before, we have a Quick Introduction to GIS which you may find worth a look, in order to help you decide which of our products best meet your needs. GIS Data products are maintained regularly and are up to date for current 2014 Australia Post revisions. You can see some examples of their use here. For users new to GIS and who would like some help getting started, you may be interested in our GIS software support options.

Many customers wish to have their own data integrated with our Postcode Data; sales figures and franchise territories are typical examples, you can see some examples here. If your project requires use of our Postcode Data to generate tabular output, rather than actual maps or supply of the digital Data Product, the rate is 40% of the listed GIS Data Product price. So for example if you have a sales analysis of NSW with output as spreadsheets in mind, the cost would be; time * rate + ($1360 Small Business user / $2040 Organisational user * 0.4) + GST. There is an overview of typical stages and cost components for such tasks here. if you'd like us to prepare a sample or draft output for you, we can do so. Please see the note on preparation of Draft or Sample Maps / Output on our Terms and Conditions Page here.

Of course if you'd prefer to undertake the work in-house, you will need the appropriate GIS Postcode Data Product and a suitable GIS Software application.

If you're ready to start browsing our product catalogue, click here.

If you'd like to see answers to some frequently asked questions about these products, have a look at the FAQ section.

Upgrade Paths for our products

Upgrading from Standard Map Series to Pro Map Series

The upgrade cost from Standard to Pro Map Series products is: Product price difference + 20% + GST and Shipping for the upgrade. For example if you initially purchased PC002NSWACT_Smb and wish to upgrade to PC002NSWACT_SmbPro, it will cost $775.50 - $620.00 (= $155.50) + 20% = $186.60 + GST and shipping. This is a sensible and affordable way to meet your growing requirements; just for comparison, the Sydney and Canberra Capital City products alone would cost $700 if purchased separately for small business deployment, and these comprise only part of the Pro upgrade package! To upgrade, simply e-mail us your requirements and include your original invoice number. We'll return to you an upgrade invoice and ship your new product - it's that easy!

Upgrading from Map Series to GIS Data products

If your business needs begin to exceed the Map Series product capability, you can easily upgrade to the equivalent GIS Data product. The cost to do this is 60% of the equivalent GIS Data product*. For example if you have bought the Organisational Licence for the NSW / ACT Map Series  PC002NSWACT_Org, you will have paid $1050. To upgrade to the NSW / ACT GIS Data product PC002NSWACTDAT_Org will be an extra  $2040 * 0.6 = $1224. All up then your total purchases will have been $1050 + $1224 = $2274. The full price of PC002NSWACTDAT_Org is $2040, so for an additional $234 you will have enjoyed maximum benefit of the NSWACT Map Series product throughout your organisation, until such a time as your needs became such that the GIS Data version became essential. Of course, you will also continue to enjoy the benefits of your original Map Series product. We think this is a very fair deal.

If you have a current Postcode Update Service policy, your upgrade product will of course be to the current version. If you do not have an Update Service policy, your upgrade product will be based on the data version current at the time of your original License.

This upgrade path is available only for equivalent products in the different series. Small Business Limited Map Series to Small Business Limited GIS Data equivalent, Small Business Map Series to Small Business GIS Data, or Organisational Licence Map Series to Organisational Licence GIS Data equivalents.

To upgrade a sale discounted Map Series Product, you keep the discount! Upgrade cost is the same as for the list priced item.

*Please note: Upgrade path only available for State and Territory Map Series, it is not available for our Capital City Map Series. Users wishing to upgrade from a Capital City Map product to a GIS Data product can choose either the full GIS data product for the State of interest, or consider a custom postcode data range.

Upgrading from Standard GIS Data to Census Enhanced GIS Data products

You simply pay the difference in price between the two products. For example to upgrade from a Small Business License for NSWACT Standard (PC002NSWACTDAT_Smb - $1190 + GST) to the Census Enhanced version (PC002NSWACTDAT_Enh_Smb - $1606.50 + GST) will cost $416.50 + GST.

If you have a current Postcode Update Service policy, your upgrade product will of course be to the current version. If you do not have an Update Service policy, your upgrade product will be based on the data version current at the time of your original License.

Upgrading from a Small Business Limited to Small Business or Organisational Licence

You simply need to pay the difference between the Small Business Limited and upgrade Licence of choice. For example to upgrade to Small Business Licence will cost $620 (PC002NSWACT_Smb) - $440 (PC002NSWACT_SmbLtd) = $180. If your business really takes off and your staff numbers grow to over 100 employees, you'll simply need to repeat the process from your existing Small Business Licence to an Organisational Licence. Again, we don't think a fairer deal is possible.

Keep a record of your Invoice number(s) and product Password(s)

You will need to advise us of your invoice number to take advantage of these upgrade options. We strongly recommend you keep a printed copy of both your Invoice(s) AND Passwords, as a precaution against accidental deletion or system failure. If you do loose your details, we can attempt to recover your details for an additional charge of $30 + tax.

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Product list and pricing.

Pricing. We aim to offer quality products at competitive prices. In the product list below, prices for the PDF Map Series Standard  are shown in pink, the PDF Map Series Pro are shown in green, and for the GIS Data Series are shown in light blueFor perspective, here is the last published price list for Australian Postcode area data made available by Commonwealth Government agencies (Initially the Commonwealth mapping agency Geoscience Australia, and for a brief period until withdrawal from the market, Australia Post). Prices shown exclude GST (Australian customers only).

MapMakers Price Guarantee: We are confident our Postcode Map and Data Series represent the very best in value, currency and functionality. In the unlikely event you find an equivalent product at a verifiable cheaper price, we will beat it by twenty percent - guaranteed.

Small Business, Small Business Limited, or Organisational Licence?

Our digital data and map products are licensed, not sold. As such, they are subject to an End User Licence Agreement (EULA). It doesn't matter that only a small team or individual may be directly engaging with the product(s) - benefits flow to an organisation as a whole; the only considerations are the size of the Licensing organisation and intended mode of deployment. If unsure what Licence level should apply, please seek advice from management within your organisation.

For deployment within your organisation (follow link for definition):

If there are fewer than 100 employees, you can choose either the..

Small Business Licence (100 employees or fewer), unrestricted use on stand-alone computers / devices within your Small Business, or..
Small Business - Limited License (100 employees or fewer), restricted to installation on not more than three computers / devices.

Or if there are more than 100 employees or you wish to deploy from a central database over intranet / Internet, you need the..

Organisational Licence (more than 100 employees, a Franchise, or where the product or derivatives are to be made available via Internet or Intranet). Unrestricted use within your organisation.

Our Licence structure is designed to provide optimum deployment flexibility within your named organisation. If you believe none of our standard Licensing options meet your own particular circumstances, please e-mail Sales, with a brief explanation of your situation and we will endeavour to assist.

Here is a list of products by State and Territory, plus the custom postcode range (Standard Series Data products only, the Census Enhanced Series is on its own page here) to help you quickly find what you need:
Australia Compilation (all States and territories)
NSWACT (New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
NT (Northern Territory)
QLD (Queensland)
SA (South Australia)
TAS (Tasmania)
VIC (Victoria)
WA (Western Australia)
Custom Postcode Range

Ordering: For your convenience, we have included a PayPal shopping option on the right hand side of the product list below; currently accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover or an existing PayPal account. A small PayPal service charge is included in the final checkout price for this option. For us to invoice you directly (eliminating the PayPal service fee), simply e-mail us (see note about e-mail addresses) including the product ID of the product(s) you require. Please include your shipping address and ABN when you e-mail an order, this will speed up the order process significantly. If you are ordering a GIS Data product, please specify your required format (if you are unsure, tell us which GIS software you will be using and we will select an appropriate format. We will advise you of our recommendation for your review and approval, prior to processing your order). If you are ordering GIS Data products using PayPal, we will communicate with you via e-mail to select your preferred format.

Note; Please DO NOT use an anonymous e-mail address such as gmail, hotmail, yahoo, msn, as these are automatically deleted owing to the growing problem of spam originating from these sources - if you haven't heard from us after e-mailing an order this is almost always the reason - please check your default "from" address and resubmit your order, or give us a call)

Payment: Our Postcode Map Series, Data Products and derivatives including tabular output, require pre-payment. Once your order has been received, we will return a Tax Invoice to you, including our bank details for electronic funds transfer. If you are using the PayPal shopping cart, the process is automated - simply follow the instructions through the shopping process, to final checkout. In either case, your product will normally ship the same business day, meaning you will typically receive it within one or two business days of ordering.

Your products are protected by an encryption key: As soon as your funds appear in either our bank or PayPal accounts, you will receive your password via e-mail. You will be asked to enter your password during the product installation process. Please keep your password safe!

For purchasing and licensing purposes, an organisation is defined by it's possession of a unique ABN (Australian Business Number). For example if a State Government were to purchase a product for broad use, each State Agency, identified by it's use of a unique ABN, in which the product were to be used would need to purchase the product separately. The distinction between Small Business and Organisational Licence versions is based on number of employees. A Small Business Licence (100 employees or fewer) is priced at 1.4 times that for the Small Business Limited Licence (installation restricted to three computers or less). An Organisational Licence (more than 100 employees) is priced at 2.4 times the Small Business Limited price.

Postcode Map Standard or Pro Tasmania Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

 

Item: PC001TAS_Smb A$288.75 + GST or PC001TAS_SmbPro A$360.00 + GST Small Business Licence Price. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC001TAS_SmbLtd A$206.25 + GST or PC001TAS_SmbLtdPro A$260.00 + GST Small Business Limited Licence. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC001TAS_Org A$495.00 + GST or PC001TAS_OrgPro A$620.00 + GST Organisation Licence. Supplied via download.

Includes large, clear insets for Hobart, Launceston, and North West Coast.

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Standard TAS Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro TAS Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard TAS Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro TAS Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard TAS Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro TAS Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for Tasmania

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC001TASDAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$385.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC001TASDAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$275.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC001TASDAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$660.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Projection: Geographic (lat / long)

Datum: Australian Geocentric 1994 (GDA1994)

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

TAS Data Small Business Licence

TAS Data Small Business Limited Licence

TAS Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Standard or Pro New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

Item: PC002NSWACT_Smb A$620.00 + GST or PC002NSWACT_SmbPro A$775.50 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC002NSWACT_SmbLtd A$440.00 + GST or PC002NSWACT_SmbLtdPro A$550.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download.

 

Item: PC002NSWACT_Org A$1050.00 + GST or PC002NSWACT_OrgPro A$1320.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download.

Includes large, clear insets for Sydney, ACT, Central Coast, Newcastle and more..

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Standard NSWACT Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro NSWACT Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard NSWACT Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro NSWACT Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard NSWACT Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro NSWACT Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC002NSWACTDAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$1190.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC002NSWACTDAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$850.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC002NSWACTDAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$2040.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Available formats:

 

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

NSWACT Data Small Business Licence

NSWACT Data Small Business Limited Licence

NSWACT Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Standard or Pro Queensland Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

Item: PC003QLD_Smb A$540.00 + GST or PC003QLD_SmbPro A$675.00 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC003QLD_SmbLtd A$385.00 + GST or PC003QLD_SmbLtdPro A$480.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC003QLD_Org A$925.00 + GST or PC003QLD_OrgPro A$1160.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download.

Includes large, clear insets for Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Townsville, Cairns and more..

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Standard QLD Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro QLD Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard QLD Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro QLD Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard QLD Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro QLD Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for Queensland

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC003QLDDAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$1085.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC003QLDDAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$775.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC003QLDDAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$1860.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

QLD Data Small Business Licence

QLD Data Small Business Limited Licence

QLD Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Standard or Pro Victoria Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

Item: PC004VIC_Smb A$540.00 + GST or PC004VIC_SmbPro A$675.00 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC004VIC_SmbLtd A$385.00 + GST or PC004VIC_SmbLtdPro A$480.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC004VIC_Org A$925.00 + GST or PC004VIC_OrgPro A$1160.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download.

Includes large, clear insets for Melbourne, Geelong, Mornington, Bendigo, Ballarat and more..

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Standard VIC Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro VIC Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard VIC Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro VIC Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard VIC Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro VIC Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for Victoria

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC004VICDAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$1085.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC004VICDAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$775.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC004VICDAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$1860.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

VIC Data Small Business Licence

VIC Data Small Business Limited Licence

VIC Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Standard or Pro South Australia Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

Item: PC005SA_Smb A$415.00 + GST or PC005SA_SmbPro A$520.00 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC005SA_SmbLtd A$295.00 + GST or PC005SA_SmbLtdPro A$370.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC005SA_Org A$700.00 + GST or PC005SA_OrgPro A$895.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download.

Includes large, clear insets for Adelaide, Mid North, Fleurieu, Iron Triangle and more..

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Standard SA Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro SA Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard SA Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro SA Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard SA Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro SA Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for South Australia

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC005SADAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$665.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC005SADAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$475.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC005SADAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$1140.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

SA Data Small Business Licence

SA Data Small Business Limited Licence

SA Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Standard or Pro Western Australia Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

Item: PC006WA_Smb A$415.00 + GST or PC006WA_SmbPro A$520.00 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC006WA_SmbLtd A$295.00 + GST or PC006WA_SmbLtdPro A$370.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC006WA_Org A$700.00 + GST or PC006WA_OrgPro A$895.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download.

Includes large, clear insets for Perth, South Coast, South West and more..

WA CD Background.jpg (100582 bytes)

Standard WA Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro WA Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard WA Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro WA Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard WA Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro WA Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for Western Australia

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC006WADAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$665.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC006WADAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$475.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC006WADAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$1140.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

WA Data Small Business Licence

WA Data Small Business Limited Licence

WA Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Standard or Pro Northern Territory Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

Item: PC007NT_Smb A$288.75 + GST or PC007NT_SmbPro A$360.00 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC007NT_SmbLtd A$206.25 + GST or PC007NT_SmbLtdPro A$260.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download.

 

 

Item: PC007NT_Org A$495.00 + GST or PC007NT_OrgPro A$620.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download.

 

Includes large, clear insets Darwin and surrounding area.

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Standard NT Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Pro NT Searchable Map Small Business Licence

Standard NT Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Pro NT Searchable Map Small Business Limited Licence

Standard NT Searchable Map Organisational Licence

Pro NT Searchable Map Organisational Licence

NT Data Small Business Licence

Postcode area data for the Northern Territory

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC007NTDAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$385.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC007NTDAT_SmbLtd. Small Business Limited Licence A$275.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Item: PC007NTDAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$660.00 + GST Supplied via download.

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

NT Data Small Business Limited Licence

NT Data Organisational Licence

Postcode Map Compilation Standard or Pro. All Australian States and Territories  ~ Searchable A0/A1 PDF format

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Standard and Pro Series are described and illustrated here

 

Item: PC008AUST_Smb A$2530.00 + GST or PC008AUST_SmbPro A$3160.00 + GST Small Business License. Supplied via download. - a 20% discount on individual titles.

 

 

Item: PC008AUST_SmbLtd A$1795.00 + GST or PC008AUST_SmbLtdPro A$2260.00 + GST Small Business Limited License. Supplied via download. - a 20% discount on individual titles.

 

 

Item: PC008AUST_Org A$4350.00 + GST or PC008AUST_OrgPro A$5430.00 + GST Organisation License. Supplied via download. - a 20% discount on individual titles.

All the above State and Territory PDF Map Series Products at a substantial discount.

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Standard Australian Postcode Map Compilation - All States and Territories Small Business Licence

Pro Australian Postcode Map Compilation - All States and Territories Small Business Licence

Standard Australian Postcode Map Compilation - All States and Territories Small Business Limited Licence

Pro Australian Postcode Map Compilation - All States and Territories Small Business Limited Licence

Standard Australian Postcode Map Compilation - All States and Territories Organisational Licence

Pro Australian Postcode Map Compilation - All States and Territories Organisational Licence

Postcode area data for Australia

(check which Licence level you require here. All MapMakers products are covered by a 20% price guarantee).

Item: PC008AUSTDAT_Smb. Small Business Licence A$4914.00 + GST Supplied via download. - a 10% discount on individual titles

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Item: PC008AUSTDAT_Org. Organisation Licence A$8424.00 + GST Supplied via download. - a 10% discount on individual titles

Available formats:

ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

Australian Postcode Area Data Complete Small Business Licence

Australian Postcode Area Data Complete Small Business Limited Licence

Australian Postcode Area Data Complete Organisational Licence

 Custom Postcode Ranges (only available for the Data version)

This option allows you to pick and choose Postcode Areas from anywhere in Australia to meet your specific business needs. This may be of particular interest if your area of operation is confined to a region (we have a free downloadable map including enlargements for major cities showing standard "regions" for Australia), a city or two, or just a single Postcode.

How it works. Send an e-mail to Sales including either a marked-up scanned map showing area of interest (our free downloadable Australian Standard Region Names map may be of assistance), OR an attached spreadsheet or database table listing each postcode required and ideally its State or Territory as a separate column. Also please specify your required data format (if it is not listed in the third column of the table below, we can almost certainly produce it, please contact us for more information). The State or Territory may be required as some Postcodes can and do legitimately occur in more than one State / Territory. If you prefer not to include a State or Territory in your list, you will receive all Postcode Areas with that designation, so you may receive more Postcode Areas than there are unique postcodes in your original list. Your custom postcode areas will be supplied as an encrypted executable file, requiring pre-payment for release of your encryption key.

If you require a custom map based on your selection, our Custom Mapping Service is available to you.

Owing to the unique nature of this option, our Postcode Update Service is not available. The only licensing option is Organisational.

Number of Postcode Areas Required

Price per Postcode Area (+ GST if applicable)

Available formats

First Postcode Area $30 ESRI .shp

MapInfo Mif/Mid

Google Earth .KML

Second to tenth Postcode Area $15
Eleventh to fiftieth Postcode Area $8
Fifty first and additional Postcode Areas $4

Supply via express download is $22.00 ea.

Once you receive your product(s), installation is a breeze. Double click the “NAME_Postcode_Maps.exe” file(s) from your download. You will be guided through a series of simple steps to extract your new maps to a location of your choosing on your local hard drive.

         You will be asked to supply a password during this process. Please E-mail us using the following text in the subject line, simply add your product invoice number in place of <your invoice number>:

o         Password request <your invoice number>

         Your maps will be extracted to the location you specify during this process. If you do not specify a location, they will be extracted to your windows default temporary folder. We recommend that you create a folder specifically for your Postcode maps and navigate to that folder during the installation process.

         For users purchasing Postcode Map Series product(s), you are acknowledging that you have purchased the necessary Geoscience Australia 250K background image product licence from Geoscience Australia and exonerate MapMakers Australia from any attendant copyright responsibilities.

 

Using the maps. This is designed to be simple. Commence with the low resolution version of your map. This is a relatively small file which will display quickly on most modern PCs. 

Open the file either by double clicking, or using your Readers’ File/open menu. It should look similar to this showing the full extent of your map. Once you are ready to start searching for Postcodes, it is a good idea to zoom in to a smaller area using the zoom tool illustrated..

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Now click on the “search tool”, it is located as shown right...

This will open a special area in your Reader in which you can enter the value of the postcode you are interested in. In this example a postcode “2340” has been entered. Next click the “search” button... Your map will automatically be adjusted so that the postcode you have searched for is in the centre of the map displayed.

You can also search for town and other locality names in the same way.

Zoom in or move around to reveal the details you are looking for...

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In many cases your postcode of interest will be present in one or more inset maps in addition to the main map. When your search finds such an area, the list will include an entry for each occurrence. By clicking on each you will be automatically taken to a different level of detail as depicted in the inset maps. PCdoco6.jpg (59485 bytes)
In metropolitan areas, the detail of our postcode areas can be seen in the image to right. The area shown is part of the PC002NSWACTDAT product and is an area approximately 15 x 15 kilometres, to the north and east of Parramatta.

The background image is a "Google Earth" image.

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This example shows a sample of our Victorian Postcode Area data embedded live in a Google Map.

Click the various postcode areas to see their detail, or change the background to see satellite imagery or terrain!


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Owing to the "open" nature of the Google community, there is a Supplementary Licence Agreement required for supply of our Data Series in Google KML format. The Licence wording is illustrated here.

 

This is the PC005SADAT product when deployed within Google Earth.. Our Postcode Area products will open immediately within Google Earth when requested in KML format. This view has placemarks added for Adelaide CBD, North Adelaide, Western Suburbs and Adelaide International Airport. Places of interest, facilities and a host of other location based information can be added - incredible!

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You could even manually create sales territories within Google Earth using the .KML version of our DAT product (please see the answer to Q8 before deciding this is the best option for your needs). This example shows central Brisbane with a small number of Postcode Areas manually assigned to territories by use of view properties within Google Earth, using the KML version of PC003QLDDAT - Brilliant! Google Territory Map.JPG (462405 bytes)
You can even search for addresses and view streets in Google Earth - amazing! SA Street Google.jpg (163769 bytes)
The High Resolution version of your map(s) contains full detail of the background maps. Owing to the high level of detail and very large size of Australian States, these are necessarily large files. Some computers and particularly lap top computers may take a long time to display the High Resolution maps. PCdoco8.jpg (290470 bytes)

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Top left, South Australia postcodes 2012; top right the same area in 2013.

Above left, regional Victoria at the beginning of 2009; above right the same area at the end of 2009.

Only MapMakers Australia deliver this rapid response guaranteeing you the up-to-date quality products you require. We have a program in place to systematically validate our spatial data Postcode product updates against Australia Post's latest tabular updates. Latest updates to our GIS Data products have been validated against Australia Post update released: July 2014.

The following examples illustrate a number of approaches to creating, displaying and using postcode area geography in the context of territory or franchise mapping, we hope you find them informative! You can find an overview of things to take into account when planning such an exercise on the site here.

Seen here an illustration of our Postcode Area data deployed in a sales territory / franchise application.

Commencing with fifteen existing businesses, we have used their addresses including postcode, to automatically generate sensible territories for each, using adjacent postcode areas.

In this case we have used total area in square kilometres to best apportion territories. If we had other data, for example population density, mean income or other value of interest, we could have used one or more to create the territories.

You would require our GIS Data products to undertake such work yourself, and of course you will need a GIS application and the expertise to run it. Alternatively we can undertake such tasks for you. Please take a look at our custom mapping services section for an overview of custom mapping services.

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In this example, postcode areas for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have been assigned to twelve regions, each having, as close as possible, a similar number of homes and each consisting only adjacent postcode areas

The size of the resulting regions varies greatly - relatively small areas in metropolitan Sydney to huge areas in outlying parts of the state. This reflects the density of housing. A franchisor would often modify the Licence costs of individual regional franchise areas to take into account variables such as travel or distribution costs, in addition to the variation in target numbers.

It is often possible to obtain a more even match of target numbers per region if we are prepared to accept that they will comprise both adjacent and remote postcode areas. For most businesses this is not desirable, but it is always an option.

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This is a customised version of one of our City Map Series Perth WA; it incorporates "customer supplied" data listing the addresses of business with which they deal; we convert such lists into geographical points, format to suit including custom backgrounds (a Bing Street Map in this example) and supply in the same searchable format as out standard Map Series range. It costs a little more, but that's how it is with something tailored to fit your specific needs! A detailed view is below:

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Here another set of customer addresses has been processed to allow them to be seen on a map, the red points are the customer's clients.

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This allows us see all sorts of additional information. In this case (right) our customer is an agent for four manufacturers and likes to visit her clients at least every six months - 26 weeks. She can only travel safely with the merchandise of one manufacturer at a time. Here all her clients overdue a visit are shown as triangles, so it is evident that a group of four clients using manufacturer 4 products can be visited efficiently in a single trip as a priority.

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"Business activity" may also be utilised. The following examples use the most recent ABS data on business activity available at postcode area level (an example of the current business count data at SA2 level is shown here).

The map to the right shows the total number of businesses having at least one employee, for postcode areas around Sydney, NSW.

Please note: The data available for download from the ABS website is not directly useable for mapping purposes owing to the structure and format of it's "postcode" attribute. MapMakers have cleaned up the ABS data to allow it's use for map creation, as shown by the illustrations here. If you wish to use our improved version of the ABS data there is a $325 ex tax data access charge. You can of course undertake such a task yourself and supply us with your own version, thereby avoiding the data access charge, but we cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions which your version might include. The raw ABS data can be downloaded from the ABS site here. There is an additional note on the ABS business data currency here.

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We are sometimes asked whether we can generate sales or franchise territories based on "number of businesses". The process is similar to that required when using Census demographics, illustrated above. However the ABS data concerning business activity tend to be less comprehensive than Census data, though maybe entirely adequate for many purposes, as is illustrated in this and following examples.

This map is the result of processing MapMakers Postcode area data PC002NSWACTDAT_Org to include the total number of employing businesses, and generate 9 sales territories, each of which has a similar (and thus fair) number of businesses in it. The numbers on the map show the total number of employing businesses in each territory based on the postcode areas within.

We can even analyse for trends in actively trading businesses over time, there is an example here.

As always, if you have your own in-house data relating to business activity of specific interest, or wish to compile such data from other independent sources, we could use that in a similar way.

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Of course you may wish to target only business of a certain size.

For example a coffee machine leasing operator may feel that their most reliable and well priced machine is ideal for businesses with perhaps 20 employees (though probably too expensive a proposition for a sole trader or really small firm). This map shows where such businesses, employing between 5 and 19 people, are distributed and how many are primarily located in each postcode.

The data could be used in a similar way to the Territory map  above, to produce sales territories for potential franchisees.

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Data is also available for business sector category, and financial turnover.

This example combines both these types of data to map the distribution and number of businesses operating in the "Retail Trade" sector, but only those operations turning over less than $150,000 per annum.

Here's a quick reference list of the default ABS "Industry Divisions":

Agriculture Forestry and Fishing
Mining
Manufacturing
Electricity Gas and Water Supply
Construction
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Accommodation Cafes and Restaurants
Transport and Storage
Communication Services
Finance and Insurance
Property and Business Services
Education
Health and Community Services
Cultural and Recreational Services
Personal and Other Services

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There is also a category for "none employing" which can be taken to represent sole traders and other single person businesses.

This map shows the distribution and numbers of such businesses operating in the "Personal and Other Services" sector from the default list reproduced above and for the same area as the four previous maps.

Of course if you are considering undertaking a territory mapping exercise using such data, it is important to feel comfortable with what the raw statistics are likely to represent. As with all ABS data, care is taken to protect the privacy of individuals and businesses, so the user must take some time to consider where the information of specific interest is likely to reside in the general statistics available.

In this map, the location of Kings Cross is marked with an "X", but there are obviously many types of businesses which would be grouped together in the same very broad category of "Personal and Other Services"!

Note: The ABS has revised its standard geographical classification. Postcode level data is not available after 2007, with most recent business data (2013)   compiled to SA2 level, which is of only limited use for most territory planning work. We can restructure these data to a best approximation at postcode area level; this is a custom mapping task and is charged at standard rates. Contact sales with your requirements. We monitor ABS and other relevant site activity regularly and will continue to post updates as / when available (this information last updated May 2014).

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This example demonstrates processed ABS SA2 business count data from 2011 and 2012 but analysed to postcode area level. The two sets of business counts are presented as percentage change from 2011 counts. The mean change for NSW plus the ACT over this period was +0.63%. Please note only random postcodes and values are shown in order to remove overlapping labels.

Please note the ABS data are four-year averages; data for 2011 includes data for the years June 2007 to June 2011 inclusive.

Immediately below is the most recent business activity data published 2014.

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Using the same starting point as the example immediately above (i.e. aggregate total business activity for the four years up to June 2011), this analysis quantifies the change up to 2013 in the same area.

While a few postcode areas have maintained a positive trend in business activity over the period, the most recent data indicates a clear decline in overall business activity for the majority of postcode areas in the Greater Sydney region, with many previously growing postcodes slipping into decline (impacts from the GFC may be reflected in the data).

This is confirmed by the mean change in number of actively trading businesses over the whole of NSW plus the ACT - +0.63% growth in the previous period (above), but a negative -1.45% in this most recent data.

Making the same comparison for one of the nation's unemployment black spots, we include the same analyses for northern Tasmania below.

 

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Northern Tasmania, centred on the regional city of Launceston (postcode 7250), is sometimes cited as a "national unemployment black spot". This map shows the generally deteriorating confidence amongst all businesses for the four year averages ending June 2011 and June 2012. Positive business activity (blue shades) may be related to the construction phase of the new Meander Dam and resulting expansion of agricultural irrigation schemes (which could be confirmed by further analysis of type of business activity - contact us for more details).

Average number of actively trading businesses per postcode for the postcode areas visible in the map declined by -3.42%. The figure for all Tasmania over the period was a -2.5% decline.

The map below shows how the situation has changed over the four year reporting period twelve months later.

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In this more recent analysis for the four year averages ending June 2011 and June 2013, some postcodes previously exhibiting business growth have either stopped growing or have slipped into decline. The overall level of business activity, and thus general employment opportunity, is exhibiting a downward trend.

Average number of actively trading businesses per postcode for the postcode areas visible in the map declined by -5.14%. The figure for all Tasmania over the period was a -4.71% decline.

Sadly, while Tasmania is a beautiful island, enjoys an equable climate and is considered a great place to live and raise a family, there is a lot of truth in the saying "you can't eat the scenery"!

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We can create territory / franchise area maps and map series to meet your requirements, for example to include with your prospectus' for potential franchisees.

This and the following two illustrate a range of different styles..

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..but all using the same objective; areas based on postcodes which contain a population of resident women numbering between 20,000 and 30,000.

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Your logo and any required corporate information can be included, either embedded in the map or supplied as separate documents.

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This example shows how our Postcode data can be integrated with data from other sources (in this case Census 2006 population data) and the results displayed in Google Earth (which is free!).

Here we have analysed the Census tables and assigned the total population of a particular age range and sex. The Postcode areas are then coloured on the basis of the numbers in the specified group: Dark green - high numbers; yellow - medium numbers; and red - low numbers.

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You can modify the display to show which Postcodes have populations of most interest for the particular population group - higher populations represent a more desirable target market in this case.

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We can even enhance the results and explore the contained information further. Here we have calculated not only the total number of people in our group of interest, but their population density for each postcode area. Obviously a key consideration if we are considering targeted mail drops or fixed advertising campaigns. Note how some Postcode areas with seemingly low numbers (red through orange) actually have quite high densities, and some high population numbers (darker green) quite low densities.

This is another example of the insights available through visualising data by geography, taking full advantage of the free Google Earth application!

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Here's another example where sales volumes from a national network of dealerships are incorporated into our Postcode data. It shows the geographic extent of sales made by each dealer, the total sales (the bigger the dots, the more sales have been made)..

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..and just as importantly, it reveals in detail the large areas of Australia in which the company hasn't recorded any sales at all - prime candidate regions for sales expansion and targeted marketing campaigns.

This is the power of geographic data, turning your spreadsheet or database records into information which you can immediately leverage to advance your business.

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Frequently asked questions. including things our competitors won't tell you!

If you still have unanswered questions after reading the list of FAQ's below, please complete the information request form. Alternatively, you're welcome to get in touch with us directly..

Q1. In the PDF product series, can I search only for postcode values, or can I look for suburbs and other places?

A. You can search for both kinds of information. The flexibility of the search process is determined by the application you use to read the document. For example Acrobat Reader allows basic searching, and also has a number of advanced search options. Best to experiment and see what works for the kind of search you require.

Q2. Can you explain the difference between your postcode map series product and the GIS data product?

A. The Postcode Map Product is a PDF document designed to allow access to postcode area information, but without the requirement of specialised software. It can be utilised in Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free. It is ideal for interactive use, for example manual allocation of sales territories. The GIS Data Product is the same postcode area information, but requires a GIS application to use it. If you require a more interactive and analytical approach, this will be the best choice for you, but please study the information in the link provided.

The following two questions may also be of interest to you. If you are unsure of the best choice, it may be a good idea to print a copy of these few questions and answers (select the text of interest with your mouse and use your browsers print command, checking the "selection" button) and further discuss your Postcode map requirements with your colleagues.

Q3. Are the maps available as paper wall maps?

A. A paper map is less useful than an electronic map as searches must be done manually. Also it is necessary to include a keyed index to allow manual searches on a paper map, which takes up a lot of space. The space saved in our products allows us to use highly detailed inset maps for major urban areas. Most of our products are in digital form, with the exception of the Paper Australian Postcode Map products.

If you wish to have a paper copy of your Map Series product, you can take the PDF version (on a memory stick for example) to your local printer, and print off a copy. A large national office company offers this service for an A0 poster for under $30 for example.

Also, we update our postcodes frequently. Digital maps can incorporate such updates rapidly and efficiently, and we have an Update Service available to allow you to take advantage of regular updates to our products. If we had printed paper maps, they would become out-of-date quickly. As a potential customer, we don't think you would be very happy about that! There is more information about paper and digital maps here, and two examples of the limitations of paper postcode maps in Q5 and Q6 below.

Q4. Can I print the Map Series out myself then?

A. The Map Series is optimised for information searching within a PDF software application. You could ask a commercial printer to run off a paper copy from your Map Series PDF file. The best choice for this specific objective would be the High Resolution version of the Map Series Pro product.

Often, users are interested in smaller areas of the overall map, and use the keyboard's "print screen" button to copy the area of interest shown in the PDF reader application. The resulting clipboard image can then be pasted into a new document or graphics application, and sent to the local office printer.

Q5. I've found some paper maps and a postcode mapping CD on the Internet and they seem cheaper than yours. Why should I buy your products instead of these cheaper ones?

A. Some postcode mapping products based on open source (essentially "free") software are available. In our experience the postcodes included in such products are simply not up to date, despite suggestions to the contrary. For example you may see a claim such as "2012 version" and assume this to be a reference to the crucial postcode data. Often it is not; it may actually refer to the version of the "freeware" used to display the postcodes; you can see what we mean by having a look at the web site of one of these here. Only MapMakers Australia have the capacity and commitment to create and maintain up-to-date Australian postcode area data. In addition, if you need to have mapping capability on several machines, multiply the cost by the number of machines. Our licensing structure is much more flexible and almost certainly cheaper in the long run. We do not recommend open source code for serious work. Get a real GIS and accurate, up-to-date postcode area data - you're now in the only place where that is available! After all, you wouldn't buy a new car if it had an old engine..

MapMakers introduced a range of Paper Australian Postcode Maps in October 2013.

If you're interested in paper maps from other suppliers, you will find they probably do not include enough printed detail to allow you to see postcodes in urban areas. It is likely that you will have to buy several additional maps if you are interested in postcodes for a whole state, if indeed they are available at all. That probably means you will end up paying more for paper maps than for our digital maps, and of course searching is a manual process with a paper map (see answer to Q3 above). It is also likely that a paper postcode map will be even more out-of-date than anything on disc, whereas our digital Postcode data and maps are kept up-to-date frequently.

Q6. We once had a paper wall map of postcodes which cost $25 from memory, but I can't find them anywhere.

A. These were produced about twenty five years ago by the Commonwealth mapping department and Australia Post. Postcode area information is no longer available from these agencies. Costs were subsidised by the tax payer and a large printing run allowed the selling price to be set artificially low. However most were never sold, so the actual cost per copy sold was enormous. You could try looking on the Internet auction sites, but even if you find one, it will be hopelessly out of date. Our own Australian Postcode Maps - paper A0 or B0 sizes, were introduced in October 2013.

Q7. Can I overlay other information, like map pin symbols representing customers, on your maps?

A. The PDF maps could be used in this way, but it would require you to have a software application which provided this functionality (that is, an application which allows editing of PDF documents). For users with sophisticated or value added requirements, it may be worth considering the GIS data version. You will also need a GIS application to make use of it.

Q8. Can I use different colours to differentiate groups of postcodes we want to consider together?

A. The most effective way to do this is by using a GIS software application, especially if your requirements are complex and / or extensive. However if you wish to do this manually (for whatever reason!), it is possible to do so using Google Earth (which is free) and our Data Series products in KML format - we've included a brief example here..

Q9. How current is the postcode information on your maps?

A. Up to date for 2014. These products are validated against the definitive Australia Post database. Have a look at examples here. You can download a copy of the Australia Post list here. You can also confirm the date to which our postcode data has been validated against this definitive reference here.

Q10. If I can use GIS data in Google Earth or Google Maps for free, why would I ever consider buying a GIS application?

While Google Earth and Maps are fabulous innovations (and free), you should be aware of some limitations which may affect how your objectives can be achieved through these applications alone.

First, the format used by Google (KML) is by default limited to two data attributes, plus an optional third ("height") value for Google Earth only (this is how the skyscraper maps are created). We do have the capability to expand on this limit to some extent (see the postcode sample on our home page for an illustration) - contact support if you require further details.

While we produce KML format for successful use in Google Earth, which is a stand-alone application, using the same KML files in Google Maps has some limitations over and above those of Google Earth, which is a script based application program interface intended for use from within a browser. For example there are object size and complexity limitations for rendering in Google Maps, explained on Google's site here. Some further restrictions on KML element support in Google Maps are also relevant as explained on Google's site here.

Please note: Owing to the "open" nature of the Google community, there is a Supplementary Licence Agreement required for supply of our Data Series in Google KML format. The Licence wording is illustrated here.

So great for display and fun to use, albeit with significant limitations especially in Google Maps, if you wish to engage in anything analytical using spatial data, it can only be achieved using a GIS application. Of course we can perform such analysis on your behalf and supply the processed results in KML format for you to use.

As Google say on their web site in relation to Size and Complexity Restrictions for KML Rendering in Google Maps: "Google Maps currently has specific limitations to the size and complexity of loaded KML files... Note: these limits are temporary and are subject to change at any time."

Q11. How accurate is your postcode data?

A. Following is the pertinent Postcode Map Series "small print":

<State and/or Territory name> Postcode Map "n" of an Australian series of 7.
Derivation: The postcode boundaries portrayed have been generated using state of the art spatial technologies and extensive research. They may not coincide with previously published postcode boundaries from other sources or with previously defined administrative boundaries. In urban areas they are accurate to street level. Each postcode area contains locations sharing a common postcode. Some postcode areas are defined as multiple separate regions, for example where an island shares a postcode with a coastal locality. Currency: Postcode definitions are maintained by Australia Post and are dynamic, reflecting the development of our nation. This product series is based on postcode data published up to and including 2014. While every effort has been made to accurately reflect the geography of postcodes, it is always possible that omissions or mistakes occur. If you believe a postcode represented is incorrect, or a legitimate code is missing, please contact support<at>mapmakers.com.au giving as much detail as possible. We will investigate any such report with the objective of revising data / products if appropriate. Application: This PDF format product has been generated to allow users to utilise Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6 or later) and search for a postcode by value. Acrobat Reader will highlight searched values, including those found on the main map plus any instances located on insets. Users requiring additional functionality or advanced search capabilities will require actual digital data and a geographic information system software application. Please contact sales<at>mapmakers.com.au if you require other digital data products. Disclaimer: These data are commercial products. MapMakers Australia 2014. Projection: Geographic (Latitude / Longitude). Datum: Australian Geocentric 1994 (GDA94) Created by MapMakers Australia with reference to the following sources:
Postcode boundaries Copyright MapMakers P/L 1999-2014. Compiled with reference to the following sources: Locality data: Mapmakers Australia Locality Database; Gazetteer of Australia 2005 Release http://www.ga.gov.au/nmd/products/purchasing/licencefees.jsp#specific. Validation sources: Australia Post 2014 releases http://www1.auspost.com.au/postcodes/index.asp?sub=2.
Context data: Topographic background image https://www.ga.gov.au/products/servlet/controller?event=GEOCAT_DETAILS&catno=65047 (separate purchase required for Map Series Products, not for GIS Data products); Coastline data 1:100,000 scale licensed for restriction-free use and re-distribution courtesy Australian Commonwealth Government Geoscience Australia Office of Spatial Data Management https://www.osdm.gov.au/OSDM_licence?event=C&id=30340&key=59365600 Sept 2006. This product Copyright MapMakers P/L. www.mapmakers.com.au. Reproduction or distribution without written permission prohibited. For additional copies of this or other products: sales<at>mapmakers.com.au

Q12. I'm only interested in GIS data for Sydney, can I just licence that limited area?

A. Yes, we can supply whatever you require. We have a Custom Postcode Extraction Service to meet your needs

Here for comparison is the last published Government product summary and price list:

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Here is our Supplementary Licence Agreement (Organisational Licence version) wording for supply of GIS Data Series products in Google KML format:

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Free postcode download, with locations!

We all use search engines, hoping we find exactly what we want at the best price, most of you will have found us via a web search, many on the words "postcode" or "Australian postcode". Chances are you'll have found plenty of other hits too, quite a few of which seem to be offering similar data and services to us, but apparently free of cost. Here are a couple of examples, including links back to their parent sites, so you can check them out for yourself (click the images to the right).

The one on the immediate right seems to answer the prayers of many who want to be able to "see" where the Australia Post code list places are, it has been "geocoded" according to the site owner and now has a column for latitude and another for longitude - great - "ready for data mash-up visualisation"!

Hang on though - 2010 - four years out of date, a lot changes in four years in a dynamic country like ours. And what's that - are all those latitude and longitude numbers identical for all localities sharing the same postcode? Looks like they are, yes, a further check confirms this is the case for all records in the list. Well, that seems to qualify for the GIGO sticker of quality assurance with flying colours (the GIGO link is the Wiki entry)!

Update - May 2014. The direct download link now appears to be broken..

Free Geocoded AustPostcodes.JPG (142012 bytes)

Free postcode radius search mapping tool, you little ripper!

Promising; click where to start (maybe a useful feature would be to allow you to specify which postcode to start from - perhaps planned for a future release - we just clicked near "Sydney" for this screen shot) enter the radius in km (20 for this) or miles (nice to have the choice for a global audience) and you get this result - just off screen is a text box with a list of all the returned postcodes, you'll need to somehow get the results from there into your destination analysis environment, but hey, shouldn't be an issue. Click the image right and it will open the page, hopefully in a new tab, and have a go yourself! We think it has potential, and so do a lot of folk who have left comments - you'll need to scroll down to get them.

We have this functionality in-house and for sale. The results right looked a bit crowded, so we checked. What seems to be going on is the site is using the same (or similar) data to that in the example above, so lots of points piled on top of each other, plus it isn't cleaned to remove none-address postcodes, so there are heaps of banks, locked bags, PO Boxes etc. Well, it is free after all, maybe another largely GIGO example, but with potential.

Below is how the same query looks when implemented using robust, clean data such as those you can get from us..

 

FreeMapRadiusTool.JPG (180650 bytes)

In this case we asked it to return all postcode areas where the nearest edge was 20km or less from the edge of postcode 2000 (Sydney). The postcodes with a "0" in the distance value are those ones adjacent to 2000, so edge to edge distance is indeed zero. We wonder what the 20km basis is in the "free" tool above, it doesn't say. Our application can tell us which postcodes are included if we want distance to the farthest edge (some are quite large), or the central point - practical considerations which may have enormous implications for delivery charge calculations, for example. Our data has the option to return all sorts of informative data too, in readily accessible format making export to spreadsheets or databases a breeze.

While this example is a screenshot from a laptop, such an application can be made available for deployment in a web page as well, just costs a bit more.

The point here is "free" is always tempting, but in the end, you probably get what you pay for..

Not Free MapMakers MapRadiusTool.JPG (242732 bytes)

Same data implemented as a web page (there are many ways of calculating distance from a particular postcode, see an example here).

Many different styles and levels of functionality available (sorry, it's just a screen shot in this illustration, a live working version will cost money, but at least you'll get something which delivers!).

Not Free MapMakers MapRadius Web Tool.JPG (285921 bytes)

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