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If you’re sending a parcel to Australia, find out how to address mail to Australia with our simple to follow guide.

How to write an Australian address

When you send packages to Australia from the US, you can avoid delays and the risk of your parcel getting lost by ensuring it is addressed correctly.

To demonstrate how to write an Australian address, we’ve provided an example of a US address next to an Australian address, so you compare. You’ll notice that the Australia address format is the same as the US address format, with the city, state and Australia postal code appearing on the same line. This keeps things simple when it comes to correctly addressing mail to Australia from the USA.

Australia address format example

813 Howard Street
Oswego NY 13126

98 Shirley Street
PIMPAMA QLD 4209

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How to write an Australian address from USA

Step 1

On the line after the recipient’s name, you need to write the street address, in our example, this is 98 Shirley Street. If the recipient lived in an apartment you would put the apartment number, followed by a slash before the street number. E.g. 17/98 Shirley Street.

Step 2

On the line after the street address, you’ll need to write the city, state and Australia postal code. This should all appear on the same line, as shown in the Australia address format example above.

Like a US address, you need to include an abbreviation for the state or territory where the town or city is located. Our example shows QLD, which is the abbreviation for Queensland.

Australian state abbreviations

State or territory Abbreviation
Queensland QLD
New South Wales NSW
Australian Capital Territory ACT
Victoria VIC
Tasmania TAS
Northern Territory NT
South Australia SA
Western Australia WA

Step 3

On the last line, write the country name. This is important when addressing mail to Australia from overseas.

Australia PO Box address format

The Australia address format for sending to a PO Box is similar to a standard Australia address, but the PO Box number must be included, as per the example below:

North Sydney NSW 2060

How to write an Australian PO BOX address

  1. When writing an Australia address for a PO Box, the PO Box number needs to be clearly printed under the addressee and company name (if applicable).
  2. A street address isn’t necessary with a PO Box.
  3. Include the city, state and Australia postal code as before.

When sending a parcel to a PO Box in Australia, please note that many carriers have PO Box restrictions, so please check before trying to send a parcel or letter to a PO Box in Australia.

Quick tips: How to address mail to Australia

  • Include the correct state abbreviation and Australia postal code
  • Write the town, state and Australia postal code on the same line
  • No commas or full stops
  • Left align the text
  • Include your return address
  • Use a font or handwriting that is easy to read and clear
  • Use a pen or ink that is clear to see against the colour of your envelope or parcel
  • Use our shipping calculator to calculate the correct postage

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The format of an Australian postal address is closer to the US format than the UK format, but differences are easy to spot.

Residential addresses

UK address format AUS address format
Mr Fred Banana
Flat 3
26 Bucket Road
Essex
SS5 3DD
UK
Ms Olivia Orange
7 / 4 Spade Street
PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4877
AUSTRALIA

1. The second line should include the building number and street name.

2. If there is an apartment, suite or unit number, you can put it at the start of this line followed by a forward slash. However, if there is a floor number, you will need to put, for example, "Floor 5".

It seems counter-intuitive, but if there is a floor and apartment/suite/unit number, you will need to put the apartment/suite/unit number on its own on the second line (e.g. "Apartment 7") and then the floor number, building number and street name together on the third line.

3. The last line (excluding country) should include the name of the town/suburb, preferably in capitals, followed by the abbreviation for the state (in the example above, QLD for Queensland).

4. On the same line, after the state, add the four digit postal code.

5. For international post, write the country name in capitals below the address.

Business addresses

UK address format AUS address format
Ms Jenny Smith
Transglobal Express
PO Box 1234
Bromborough
CH62 3NX
UK
Mr Andy Appleton
Surfin’ Sam Ltd
Suite 10a
11 Hinkley Road
DAWES POINT NSW 2000
AUSTRALIA

1. Put the company name below, or in place of, the name of the individual.

2. The suite or unit number goes below the names of the addressee and company.

PO Boxes

UK address format AUS address format
Mr Percy Pineapple
Transglobal Express
PO Box 1234
Bromborough
CH62 3NX
UK
Ms Kimberly Kumquat
Swish Logistics
PO Box 88
FREMANTLE WA 6160
AUSTRALIA

1. Put the PO Box below the name of the individual and company name.

2. If sending to a PO Box, do not include a street name or building number in the address. Please also note that some towns or suburbs may have one postcode for street deliveries and another for PO Boxes.

Note: many carriers have PO Box restrictions, so please check before trying to send a parcel or letter to Australia.

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How to write an Australian address

If you’re sending a parcel to Australia, you can avoid delays and the risk of your parcel getting lost by ensuring it is addressed correctly.

To demonstrate how to write an Australian address from overseas, we’ve provided an example of a UK address next to an Australian address, so you can see the difference. If you are familiar with the correct way to write an American address, you’ll notice that the Australia address format is very similar, with the city, state and Australia postal code appearing on the same line.

Australia address format

98 Shirley Street

PIMPAMA QLD 4209

How to write an Australia Address from overseas

Step 1

After the recipient’s name, you need to write the street address, in our example, this is 98 Shirley Street. If the recipient lived in an apartment you would put the apartment number, followed by a slash before the street number. E.g. 17/98 Shirley Street.

Step 2

On the line after the street address, you’ll need to write the city, state and Australia postal code. This should all appear on the same line, as shown in the Australia address format example above.

Like a US address, you need to include an abbreviation for the state or territory where the town or city is located. Our example shows QLD, which is the abbreviation for Queensland.

Australia state abbreviations

There are six states in Australia and two territories. The abbreviations are shown in the table below:

New South Wales

Step 3

On the last line, write the country name. This is important when addressing mail to Australia from overseas.

Australia PO Box address format

The Australia address format for sending to a PO Box is similar to a standard Australia address, but the PO Box number must be included, as per the example below:

North Sydney NSW 2060

How to write an Australian PO Box address

  1. When writing an Australia address for a PO Box, the PO Box number needs to be clearly printed under the addressee and company name (if applicable).
  2. A street address isn’t necessary with a PO Box.
  3. Include the city, state and Australia postal code as before.

When sending a parcel to a PO Box in Australia, please note that many carriers have PO Box restrictions, so please check before trying to send a parcel or letter to a PO Box in Australia.

Quick tips on how to address mail to Australia

  • Include the correct state abbreviation and Australia postal code
  • Write the town, state and Australia postal code on the same line
  • No commas or full stops
  • Left align the text
  • Include your return address
  • Use a font or handwriting that is easy to read and clear
  • Use a pen or ink that is clear to see against the colour of your envelope or parcel
  • Use our courier quote tool to calculate the correct postage

Sending a parcel to Australia?

If you’re sending a parcel to Australia, Parcel Monkey can help you find a courier service that will ship your package to Australia at an affordable price.

Simply enter the weight, dimensions and destination of your parcel into the Parcel Monkey courier quote tool to receive a list of discounted prices from reputable couriers, such as DHL Air Express, Parcelforce and DPD. Select the service that’s best for you, print out your shipping label and you’re good to go!

The format of an Australian postal address is closer to the US format than the UK format, but differences are easy to spot.

Residential addresses

UK address format AUS address format
Mr Fred Banana
Flat 3
26 Bucket Road
Essex
SS5 3DD
UK
Ms Olivia Orange
7 / 4 Spade Street
PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4877
AUSTRALIA

1. The second line should include the building number and street name.

2. If there is an apartment, suite or unit number, you can put it at the start of this line followed by a forward slash. However, if there is a floor number, you will need to put, for example, "Floor 5".

It seems counter-intuitive, but if there is a floor and apartment/suite/unit number, you will need to put the apartment/suite/unit number on its own on the second line (e.g. "Apartment 7") and then the floor number, building number and street name together on the third line.

3. The last line (excluding country) should include the name of the town/suburb, preferably in capitals, followed by the abbreviation for the state (in the example above, QLD for Queensland).

4. On the same line, after the state, add the four digit postal code.

5. For international post, write the country name in capitals below the address.

Business addresses

UK address format AUS address format
Ms Jenny Smith
Transglobal Express
PO Box 1234
Bromborough
CH62 3NX
UK
Mr Andy Appleton
Surfin’ Sam Ltd
Suite 10a
11 Hinkley Road
DAWES POINT NSW 2000
AUSTRALIA

1. Put the company name below, or in place of, the name of the individual.

2. The suite or unit number goes below the names of the addressee and company.

PO Boxes

UK address format AUS address format
Mr Percy Pineapple
Transglobal Express
PO Box 1234
Bromborough
CH62 3NX
UK
Ms Kimberly Kumquat
Swish Logistics
PO Box 88
FREMANTLE WA 6160
AUSTRALIA

1. Put the PO Box below the name of the individual and company name.

2. If sending to a PO Box, do not include a street name or building number in the address. Please also note that some towns or suburbs may have one postcode for street deliveries and another for PO Boxes.

Note: many carriers have PO Box restrictions, so please check before trying to send a parcel or letter to Australia.

Need to send a parcel to Australia? Choose from top international couriers including UPS, DHL and TNT.

If you are planning on sending a parcel or package to Australia, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with Australian address formats, so that your delivery arrives at it’s destination without any problems.

How to address a letter in australia

How to Write an Australian Address

Below is an example of an Australian address:

Southern Travel Co,

Travel World House,

Level 7,

17 Jones St,

NORTH SYDNEY, NSW, 2060

AUSTRALIA

Australian address formats are similar to American addresses, with the city name, state and postal code all appearing on one line.

Australian Address Format

1) Underneath the name of the business/person, comes the street address. If the delivery destination is an apartment, then the apartment number appears before then street number, with the number separated with a dash. (eg: 91/17 Jones St)

2) After the street address, the city, state and postal code should all appear together on one line. Similar to the US, the names of the states or abbreviated. Listed below are Australian state abbreviations:

  • New South Wales – NSW
  • Northern Territory – NT
  • Queensland – QLD
  • Australian Capital Territory – ACT
  • South Australia – SA
  • Tasmania – Tas
  • Victoria – Vic
  • Western Australia – WA

3) The country name: Australia should be added on the last line and it should be in block capitals.

Australian PO BOX format

The address format for sending a parcel, package or letter to an Australian Post Box is nearly identical to a normal address, with the exception that the PO Box number needs to be included, as in the example below:

How to address a letter in australia

How to address a letter in australia

Typically, the address should be written in three lines:

  • The top line should contain the recipient’s name
  • The second to last line should contain the number and name of the street, PO Box or locked bag number (if applicable)
  • The last line should contain the place name or post office of delivery, state or territory abbreviation and postcode. This line should be printed in capitals without punctuation or underlining, with the postcode put last
  • For international mail, the country name should be in capitals on the bottom line

Helpful hints for addressing envelopes

  • Use the correct postcode (you can use our find a postcode tool to do this)
  • Print clearly using dark ink; preferably black on white. Avoid using red, yellow or orange ink
  • Don’t indent or stagger address lines
  • Don’t underline any words
  • Include a return address so we can return the letter if it can’t be delivered. Put your address in the top left corner, or on the back flap of the envelope

For machine-addressed envelopes, we recommend using clear readable type such as Courier 12 point or 10 pitch.

Use pre-printed envelopes with the 4 postcode squares if you’re addressing by hand, and print the destination postcode clearly in those squares.

Including Traditional Place names

To acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land your item is being delivered on, you can include those place names in the address field.

To find Traditional Place names, check AIATSIS, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Councils, or Cultural Centres in your local area.

When sending items you can include a Traditional Place name in either the address you’re sending from, or in the recipient’s address.

In the ‘from’ address when sending

To ensure that the item will be delivered correctly we recommend that the Traditional Place name is included below your name or company name, but above the street address.

In the ‘to’ address when sending

When addressing a parcel or letter, place the Traditional Place name after the recipient’s name, but before the street address, suburb or town.

When receiving items

As a recipient you’re welcome to include a Traditional Place name when providing your delivery address, either online or in person. To acknowledge Traditional Custodians, include the Traditional Place name below your name, but above your street address.

At Australia Post, we have a long and proud history of promoting and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and implementing measures that contribute to a lasting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

How to address a letter in australia

To make sure the item will be delivered correctly we recommend that the Traditional Place name is included below the recipient’s name but above the street address.

When mailing an envelope or postcard, leave at least the bottom 16 millimeters (5/8 inch) blank on both front and back. (The postal service’s reading and sorting machines might need this space to print bar codes on your mail.)

Address Format Information

State/Territory Abbreviations Abbreviations for Types of Streets/Roads/etc. (commonly used) (Yeah, how many people would’ve expected the floor and the thoroughfare address would go on the same line UNDER the suite?)

There are multiple formatting options relating to unit number, suite number, or apartment number. For example, you may use a slash to separate the number of the unit, apartment, or suite from the house number or building number; however, this won’t work for a floor number or if a floor number is involved.

(This could be Suite 101 at 3910 Koala Bark Drive. The “NL” refers to the legal/business status of SLZ Agency.)

Abbreviations for “Building/Complex Sub Unit” Abbreviations for Floor/Level A House/Property Number [Building Number] can sometimes include a number range. (Mr. Heisenberg appears to live in Unit 235 of a property having street numbers 201-203. Whether he lives at 201, 202, or 203 is uncertain.)

Postcode Search (find Australia postcodes / postal codes = ‘Australia zip codes’)

Fun Fact

Postal Rates to or from Australia

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In court, parties/legal practitioners refer to the judge as ‘Your Honour’.

‘Yes, your Honour.’

To refer to a judge who is not present in the courtroom you can refer to them as Justice Smith OR His or Her Honour BUT NOT His or Her Honour Justice Smith.

‘Your Honour would be aware that Justice Smith …’

In writing

Addressing letters and envelopes

The Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 s6(6) prescribes the form for addressing Federal Court judges as ‘The Honourable Justice …………’.

It is incorrect to refer to a Federal Court judge as His or Her Honour Justice Smith or as Judge Smith.

Include any post nominals after the name (eg. AC, AO).

The Hon. Justice W M Smith AO

Salutation Dear Judge,

Addressing the Chief Justice

The same guidelines set out above apply when addressing the Chief Justice, with the small differences set out below:

In writing – addressing letters and envelopes

The Hon. J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia

In writing – salutation Dear Chief Justice,

‘Good morning Chief Justice.’

How to address Registrars

In court, a case management conference or mediation a registrar should be addressed as Registrar unless s/he advises otherwise.

So, you’ve decided to write to your MP, but how do you make your letter or email stand out? Here are a few simple tips for maximising the impact of your correspondence.

Use the correct title

In the case of letters, set out the name and address of the MP or Senator in the top left-hand corner. This is not necessary in the case of emails. An MP’s name should be stated in the address as follows: ‘Mr/ Mrs/Ms/Dr First Name Last Name MP’. A Senator’s name should be stated as follows: ‘Senator First Name Last Name’.

MPs or Senators who are, or have been, government Ministers, are given the title ‘The Honourable’. For ministers in the House, this becomes ‘The Hon. First Name Last Name MP’ and ‘Senator the Hon. First Name Last Name’ in the case of Ministers who are Senators.

Start your letter as follows: ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr Last Name’ in the case of MPs, and ‘Dear Senator’ or ‘Dear Senator Last Name’ in the case of Senators.

Introduce yourself and your issue

Start your letter out by saying who you are and why you are writing to them. If you are a member of their electorate, make this clear. It can also be helpful to briefly set out any relevant connections in the community – for example, you may want to indicate that you attend a local school or church, are involved in a youth group or Rotary organisation, or work for a local business. If your letter is about a particular region or country and you have visited it, outline this connection.

Keep it brief

Your letter should be as short and simple as possible. Try to keep it to one or two pages. Ideally it should be typed, or written very neatly and signed by hand. Stick to one issue per letter and use simple points to make your case. Write logically in well set out paragraphs.

If the issue is technical or requires further explanation, keep your letter short but include an additional document which sets out the extra information. Alternatively, you can refer the MP to a website, article or book where they can get more information. Sending reams of paper is not an effective way of getting attention. In fact, there is a high possibility that most of the information won’t be read.

Use your own words

Politicians’ offices receive hundreds of letters from constituents. Your objective is to make your letter stand out from the crowd.

Often an organisation will start a campaign and ask its members and supporters to send pre-written letters to their MPs. These are called ‘form letters’. While form letters do have some value in demonstrating the level of community support or opposition to a particular issue, they do not have the same impact as a well crafted, passionate and personal letter.

If you are asked to send a form letter in support of a particular campaign, take the time to personalise it by adding your own thoughts, or putting the points in your own words.

It can be useful to:

  • Include relevant facts and figures
  • Refer to a recent news item about the issue
  • Highlight a local connection to the issue
  • Include a personal experience that made you want to speak up on the issue

Be polite

Being polite and respectful in your letter is far more likely to achieve positive results than being insulting or abusive. If you disagree with a stance your MP has taken, or some comments they have made, say so, but in a reasoned, forthright way. Rather than generating a response, an abusive or threatening letter may be forwarded to the police.

Tell them what you want them to do

Simply telling your MP how you feel about an issue is unlikely to bring about change – you need to tell them what you want them to do about it. This could include any number of actions from voting for or against something in Parliament to attending a local event. But, the most important thing you should ask for is a reply to your letter.

Provide your contact details

It’s no good writing a passionate letter requesting action if you forget to provide your contact details. Make sure your letter includes your first and last name, your address, telephone number, and email address if you have one.

Be patient

It’s important to remember that MPs receive hundreds of letters and only have a few staff to assist them in responding to these letters. This means you could experience a lengthy delay in receiving a response to your letter. Sometimes it could take up to a month to hear back from your MP.

Follow up

If you have not received a response after one month, telephone the MPs office to remind them about your letter and check when you are likely to receive a response. If you do not receive a response within a fortnight of your call, try again. And keep trying until you succeed. Persistent, but polite, constituents tend to get what they want! Remember, your MP has a responsibility to represent you and to communicate with you. That is why they were elected and why they are paid.

We know it’s frustrating when a job posting doesn’t include the name of the person in charge of the hiring process.

We also know that’s not an excuse to slap any salutation on your cover letter and send your application off.

According to Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, you should always do some research to figure out who exactly the person reading your letter will be.

You can even play it safe by writing at the beginning of your cover letter: “I noticed you’re working in [whatever department] at [whatever company],” so you show that based on your research, it looks like they’re involved in the hiring process.

In the case that you absolutely, positively can’t find a person’s name, Augustine said certain ways of addressing your cover letter are more off-putting than others.

For example, “Dear Hiring Manager” and “Dear Recruiter” aren’t great openings, but they’re the best of many bad options.

Here’s the full list of cover-letter openings, ranked in reverse order of egregiousness.

Sincerely, Business Insider staff

P.S. This advice doesn’t apply in the case of an anonymous job posting, when a company is deliberately keeping their name and the names of their employees confidential.

5. ‘Dear Hiring Manager’ or ‘Dear Recruiter’

How to address a letter in australia

The language in your cover letter should be at once professional and conversational, Augustine said. And these openings aren’t overly formal or casual, which is a plus.

But the lack of customisation – you could submit this letter to any company you’re applying to – will still stand out.

“You’re not earning brownie points” with this salutation, Augustine said. “But you’re not putting people off” either.

4. ‘Dear HR Professional’

How to address a letter in australia

Augustine said this opening isn’t necessarily accurate.

The person reading your application might not work in the company’s human resources department, or they might call themselves a recruiter instead of a human resources professional.

3. ‘Hello’ or ‘Hi’

How to address a letter in australia

With “Hello” and no name after it, you’ve gotten the conversational part down, but you’ve still failed to customise your letter.

“Hi” is a double whammy, since not only is it not customised, but it can also be considered slang, Augustine said.

2. ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Madam’

How to address a letter in australia

Here you’re making a big mistake by being overly formal.

If you’re applying to a startup, for example, Augustine said this kind of language probably wouldn’t fit the company culture.

Even if you’re applying to a more traditional company, the fact that your opening isn’t customised at all is a big turn-off.

1. ‘To Whom It May Concern’

How to address a letter in australia

“It’s so incredibly formal in its language,” Augustine said of this opening. “I read that and I think, ‘This person doesn’t care at all.’”

If they did care, they would have tried to figure out who exactly the recruiter or the hiring manager is.

Moreover, “To Whom It May Concern” conveys exactly the opposite impression of professional and conversational that you’re trying to project.

Augustine’s rule of thumb when writing cover letters is to ask yourself: If this letter was coming to me, would I want to read it? Chances are good that, if someone addressed you this way, you wouldn’t be so intrigued.