Wednesday, 12 September 2012

How to address a letter or parcel to Australia? Tips on address formatting

When sending parcels to Australia, there are a few addressing guidelines which you should keep in mind.

For this reason, we have put together a quick guide for addressing parcels/letters to Australia. Here are two formatting options.

I. Traditional Address Format

1st Example

UK address format
U.S. address format
Mr Jack Dooley
120 Hammersmith Grove
Ms Emma Riley
22 Avebury Street
West End QLD 4101
W6 7HB

UK and Australian traditional residential addresses have a lot in common. However, there a couple of differences which set them apart.

(1) Firstly, the name of an Australian town / city is directly followed by an abbreviation for the state it is located in. “QLD”, for instance, is short for “Queensland”. 

Other abbreviations are as follows:

    ACT - Australian Capital Territory
    NSW - New South Wales
    NT  - Northern Territory
    SA  - South Australia
    TAS - Tasmania
    VIC - Victoria
    WA  - Western Australia

(2) Secondly, Australian postcodes are displayed after the name of the state.

II. Apartment or Commercial Address

2nd Example

UK address format
U.S. address format
Mr John Smith
Apartment 8
120 Hammersmith Grove
Mr Tom Yates
Suite 10a
Floor 3, 50 Old Burleigh Road
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 
W6 7HB

(3) If you would like to send a parcel an apartment or commercial address in Australia, insert the “suite” number below the name of the recipient, followed by the floor number, house number and street name.

Important Notice:
A charge for customs clearance processing of AU$165 payable at the destination may be applied to personal effects consignments shipped with DHL. Please complete an Australian Customs Form, a packing list and provide a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. You can hand all of this to driver on collection. A quarantine charge of approximately AU$45 may also occur.

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