Here's some information to help you barcode

PAF timetable

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.

A condition of PreSort Letters is that the Delivery Point Identifiers (DPIDs) contained within your barcodes relate to the current version of the PAF.

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:

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 (PDF 359kB) 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.