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Abbreviations and acronyms (Australia)

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The Abbreviations and acronyms is intended to be a mainstream list for Waze, but it is currently being updated offline.



UPDATE NOTE: The newest (July 2015) TTS voices now allow per-country standard abbreviation lists. This list will be provided to Waze so that TTS can be set to reflect this list.

State abbreviations

Currently, the State field is not set for use in Australia. Therefore, where a state or territory abbreviation is required to distinguish between the same suburb (city) name in two different states, only the following abbreviations should be used, with the specified capitalisation.

State/territory name Standard abbreviation
Australian Capital Territory ACT
New South Wales NSW
Northern Territory NT
Queensland QLD
South Australia SA
Tasmania TAS
Victoria VIC
Western Australia WA

Do not use fullstops afterwards (e.g. Qld.) or inside (e.g. N.S.W.) these abbreviations. Do not use mixed-case capitalisation (e.g. Tas).


Measurement Suffix Abbreviations

Suffix name Standard abbreviation
Kilometre/ kilometer km
Metre/ meter m

Standard Suffix Abbreviations

Notes:

1. Only abbreviate suffixes.

  • "The Avenue", "The Green ", and etc. should not be abbreviated.
  • "Circuit Avenue Road" would be abbreviated to Circuit Avenue Rd and not "Cct Ave Rd"
  • A road named "Service way" should not be abbreviated, while "Pipeline Service way" should be.

2. Suffix abbreviations do not contain any punctuation, such as "." (Full-stops) or "-" (Hyphens).

3. In the event that the original suffix is a plural (i.e contains a "s" at the end) and only its singular form is present as an abbreviation, simply add an "s" to the end of the abbreviation.

4. If no abbreviation is given in this table, then spell out the word in full.

Suffix name Standard abbreviation Comment
A
Access Accs IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Alley Ally AS/NZS 4819:2011
Alleyway Alwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Amble Ambl IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Approach App IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Arcade Arc AS/NZS 4819:2011
Artery Art IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Avenue Av AS/NZS 4819:2011

Ave appears in many places due to use by Australia Post

B
Basin Basn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Beach Bch IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Block Blk IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Bluff Blf Source?
Boardwalk Bwlk AS/NZS 4819:2011
Boulevard Bvd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Brace Brce IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Branch Br Unofficial?
Break Brk AS/NZS 4819:2011
Bridge Bdge IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Broadway Bdwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Bypass Bypa AS/NZS 4819:2011
Byway Bywy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
C
Canyon Cyn Unofficial?
Causeway Caus IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Centre/ Center Ctr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Centreway/ Centerway Cnwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Chase Ch AS/NZS 4819:2011
Circle Cir IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Circlet Clt IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Circuit Cct AS/NZS 4819:2011
Circus Crcs IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Close Cl AS/NZS 4819:2011
Colonnade Clde IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Common Cmmn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Concourse Con AS/NZS 4819:2011
Copse Cps IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Corner Cnr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Corso Cso IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Course Crse Unofficial?
Court Ct AS/NZS 4819:2011
Courtyard Ctyd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Creek Crk Unofficial?
Crescent Cr AS/NZS 4819:2011
Cres appears in many places due to use by Australia Post
Crest Crst AS/NZS 4819:2011
Crossing Crsg IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Crossroad Crd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Crossway Cowy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Cruiseway Cuwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Cul-De-Sac Cds IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Cutting Cttg IP Australia preference, not authoritative
D
Deviation Devn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Distributor Dstr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Divide Dv Unofficial?
Drive Dr AS/NZS 4819:2011
Driveway Drwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
E
Entrance Ent AS/NZS 4819:2011
Esplanade Esp AS/NZS 4819:2011
Estate Est IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Expressway Exp IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Extension Extn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
F
Fairway Fawy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Fire Track Ftrk IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Firetrail Ftrl AS/NZS 4819:2011
Follow Folw IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Footway Ftwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Foreshore Fshr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Formation Form IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Freeway Fwy AS/NZS 4819:2011
Front Frnt IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Frontage Frtg IP Australia preference, not authoritative
G
Garden Gdn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Gardens Gdns IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Gate Gte IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Gates Gtes IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Glade Gld AS/NZS 4819:2011
Grange Gra AS/NZS 4819:2011
Green Grn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Ground Grnd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Grove Gr AS/NZS 4819:2011
Gully Gly IP Australia preference, not authoritative
H
Heights Hts IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Highroad Hrd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Highway Hwy AS/NZS 4819:2011
I
Interchange Intg IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Intersection Intn IP Australia preference, not authoritative
J
Junction Jnc IP Australia preference, not authoritative
K
L
Landing Ldg IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Lane Lane Ln is deprecated by AS/NZS 4819:2011
Laneway Lnwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Little Lt
Lookout Lkt IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Loop Loop AS/NZS 4819:2011
Lower Lwr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
M
Mall Mall AS/NZS 4819:2011
Meadow Mdw Unofficial?
Meander Mndr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Mews Mews AS/NZS 4819:2011
Motorway Mwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Mount Mt
Mountain Mtn
N
O
Outlook Otlk IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Overpass Opas Unofficial?
P
Parade Pde AS/NZS 4819:2011
Park Park Need to check AS/NZS 4819:2011
Pk deprecated by IP Australia
Parklands Pkld IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Parkway Pwy AS/NZS 4819:2011
Pkwy given by IP Australia is not authoritative
Passage Psge AS/NZS 4819:2011
Path Path AS/NZS 4819:2011
Piazza Piaz IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Place Pl AS/NZS 4819:2011
Plain Pln
Plateau Plat IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Plaza Plza AS/NZS 4819:2011
Point Pnt IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Promenade Prom AS/NZS 4819:2011
Q
Quay Qy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Quays Qys AS/NZS 4819:2011
R
Ramble Rmbl IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Ramp Ramp AS/NZS 4819:2011
Range Rnge IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Reach Rch IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Reserve Res
Retreat Rtt AS/NZS 4819:2011
Ridge Rdge AS/NZS 4819:2011
Ridgeway Rgwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Right Of Way Rowy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Rise Rise AS/NZS 4819:2011
River Rvr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Riverway Rvwy
Riviera Rvra IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Road Rd AS/NZS 4819:2011
Ronde Rnde IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Round Rnd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Route Rte IP Australia preference, not authoritative
S
Service Way Swy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Siding Sdng IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Slope Slpe IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Sound Snd IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Square Sq AS/NZS 4819:2011
Stairs Strs IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Station Sta Source?
State Highway SH
Steps Stps AS/NZS 4819:2011
Strand Stra IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Street St AS/NZS 4819:2011
Subway Sbwy AS/NZS 4819:2011
Summit Smt Unofficial? Is this needed?
T
Terrace Tce AS/NZS 4819:2011
Thoroughfare Thor IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Throughway Thwy Unofficial?
Tollway Tlwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Towers Twrs IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Track Trk AS/NZS 4819:2011
Trafficway Trfy Unofficial? Is this needed?
Trail Trl AS/NZS 4819:2011
Trailer Trlr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Triangle Tri IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Trunkway Tkwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Tunnel Tunl Unofficial?
Turnpike Tpk Unofficial? Is this needed?
U
Underpass Upas IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Upper Upr IP Australia preference, not authoritative
V
Valley Vly Unofficial?
Viaduct Vdct IP Australia preference, not authoritative
View View AS/NZS 4819:2011
Villa Vll IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Village Vlg Unofficial?
Villas Vlls IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Vista Vsta AS/NZS 4819:2011
W
Walk Walk AS/NZS 4819:2011
Walkway Wkwy IP Australia preference, not authoritative
Water Wtr Unofficial?
Way Way AS/NZS 4819:2011
Wharf Whrf IP Australia preference, not authoritative
X
Y
Z

Other Abbreviations

Prefixes, directional abbreviations and other (non-suffix) abbreviations should not be used, except for state/ territory abbreviations & country abbreviations; under ISO 3166-1 alpha-3.

1. Prefix abbreviations such as Mount (Mt.) Note: Mount (Mt.) is not the same as Mountain (Mtn.).

  • Although they are common, can cause issues as variation and overlap exists between naming, usage, and prefix standards (I.e. What words to, and how to, abbreviate).
  • Therefore a lake named "Lake Clair" would not be abbreviated, while if its documented name was "Clair Lake" it would be.
  • "St " at the start of a suburb name is part of the legal name. It should not be expanded to "Saint".
  • "St " (meaning "Saint") as part of the street name should be shown as "St. " with the trailing full stop to cause it to be correctly pronounced by the TTS.

2. Directional abbreviations include: East (E), South West (SW), Central (CN), Upper (UP), and Lower (LR).

  • These abbreviations should not be abbreviated.
  • In addition to not being abbreviated, directions should only be included when they are a part of the documented name, and not a suffix or prefix added at a later stage to describe location or orientation/ direction.
  • The street type should still be abbreviated e.g. "Smith Rd East" is correct; "Smith Road East" or "Smith Rd E" are not.

3. Other abbreviations include: Island (Is.), Quay (Qy), Reserve (Res) and Tunnel (Tunl).

  • These are acceptable to be used when they are a suffix, but not acceptable when they are place names.
  • Therefore "King-Tunnel Road" should have tunnel spelt in full, as it refers to a tunnel. While "Queen Tunnel-Road" could have tunnel abbreviated, as tunnel refers to the type of roadway, and is a part of the suffix.
  • Likewise an Island named "Island Island" would be abbreviated to Island Is.

Further Reading

Please refer to the following Waze forum for a "Work in progress" list of abbreviations that are being tested, currently available, and proposed:

http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15178