When addressing an Australian location, following are the standard address data elements that may be concatenated in the Address line:
Building/complex sub-unit type
Building/complex sub-unit number
Street type code
Street suffix code
One complete identification/description of a location/site of an address can comprise one or more than one instance of address line.
Instances of address lines are commonly identified in electronic information systems as Address-line 1, Address-line 2, etc.
The format of data collection is less important than consistent use of conventions in the recording of address data. Hence, address may be collected in an unstructured manner but should ideally be stored in a structured format.
Where Address line is collected as a stand-alone item, software may be used to parse the Address line details to separate the sub-components.
Multiple Address lines may be recorded as required.
The following concatenation rules should be observed when collecting address lines addressing an Australian location.
Building/complex sub-unit type is to be collected in conjunction with Building/complex sub-unit number and vice versa.
Floor/level type is to be collected in conjunction with Floor/level number and vice versa.
Street name is to be used in conjunction with Street type code and Street suffix code.
Street type code is to be used in conjunction with Street name and Street suffix code.
Street suffix code is to be used in conjunction with Street name and Street type code.
House/property number is to be used in conjunction with Street name.