Here's some information to help you barcode
The PAF (Postal Address File) is a database of Australian postal addresses within our delivery network - it usually comes with your Address Matching Approval System (AMAS) certified software.
Reed Solomon Algorithm Programming Codes
If you want to use Reed Solomon codes, you can download examples here in Visual Basic, ANSIC and COBOL programming codes1:
- Visual Basic programming code (zip 1.83mb)
- ANSI C programming code (zip 8kb)
- COBOL programming code (zip 14kb)
Standard address abbreviations
Incorrect abbreviations are a common error in databases, and can result in either no match or the incorrect assignment of DPID when fed through AMAS software. The Standard Address Component Abbreviations file details the address component abbreviations, and you can use this in address verification to ensure you're not being denied a DPID through poorly formatted addresses.
Tips to improve your match rate
Our barcoding hints and tips guide can help you format your address data correctly, and explains how to improve your barcoding match rate.
1 Although Australia Post provides these programs in good faith, we take no responsibility for their accuracy. We provide them for guidance only, and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the use of, or reliance placed on, any information provided.