Australian Road Names

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This forms part of Australian Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

Road Name & Number

Where a road exhibits both a road number and name, the following convention should be used:

<Number>":" <Name>

1. M3: Eastern Fwy
2. M1: Monash Fwy

This gives both a consistent appearance and allows a straightforward identification of the road type.

Adding the semicolon ":" will make the TTS wait 0.5 seconds before saying the road name. This will make the TTS better to understand.

The same can also be said for adding the direction of travel on single/dual carriageways with a lettered designation

<Number>":" <Name> <Direction>

1. M3: Eastern Fwy (Outbound)
2. M1: Monash Fwy (Inbound)


The following suffix abbreviations should be used at the end of a road's name to conserve screen space.

Abbreviations for Street Names

Road types

The following convention appears to be accurate and feasible to implement. Judgement and discretion may be necessary sometimes especially as some states have been slow in implementing the new national alphanumberic system.

Waze Road Type Australian Road Types
Freeway Freeway, motorway, expressway and tollway. There must be no intersections and there must be no access or exits except from ramps. Usually designated with "M" or "F" road numbers, for example "M2" or "F6".
Major Highway National highways. Usually designated with the letter "A" in most states or identified with numbers on green and yellow shields. For example Hume Hwy (A31) or Eyre Hwy ("A1" in South Australia or just "1" on green and yellow shield in Western Australia).
State Highway Minor Highway Highways not classified above, Variously called "national routes" or "state highways" or "state roads". Usually designated with the letter "B" where alphanumeric system is in use.
Primary Street Main Roads and Regional Roads connecting suburbs and towns, but not classified as highways. Also designated as "C" or "D" roads in some states.
Streets Urban streets and rural roads not identified above.

Dual Carriageways

The following convention should be followed where possible, although it is acknowledged that you may need to deviate from it in some circumstances.

A road can be split into be 2 one-way roads if any of the following conditions are met:

  1. The central reservation is > 5m
  2. There's a visible gap between average of all GPS traces
  3. It is split by physical barrier (Concrete, Armco, pedestrian barrier etc)

Pedestrian refuges and painted road separation (cross hatching that can be driven over) should not normally be split.

Motorway Carriageway Naming Convention

Whenever possible, on split roads, name carriageways with the direction of travel. Insert the direction of travel at the end of the road name:

1. M3 Eastern Fwy (Inbound)
2. A4 (W)
3. M25 (ACW)

This makes traffic and incident reports much more useful and helps with navigation.

Ramps (to/from Motorways and Dual Carriageways)

For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following convention should be used for the ramp road type:

Exit Ramps:

<Exit Number> ("to" <Adjoining Road>)

1. Exit 54 to Stevens Rd
2. Exit 2 to Domain Rd

Entry Ramps:

“Entry to” <Road Number> (<Direction>)

1. Entry to M54 (E) 
2. Entry to M1 (Outbound)


  1. Fields marked in parenthesis (<field>) are optional.
  2. Onward roads should only added if they are shown on road signage as this is an aide to the driver to confirm they have the correct exit [Hint: look on streetview]
  3. Roads with clockwise or anticlockwise directions should have have ramp directions taken from signage [Hint: look on streetview]

Junction Naming

When naming/numbering junctions, particularly on motorways, please ensure the landmark is kept tight to the road system to ensure a tidy transfer to the client. The "snap-to" feature when adding landmarks via Papyrus should make this process easier!

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Large, freehand rectangles should be avoided...

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To aid navigation instructions, roundabouts should typically remain unnamed - where the client comes across a segment with no name it will use the next named segment as the next named instruction whilst retaining any turn signals.

If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a 'Junction/Intersection' type landmark that fills the centre of the roundabout.

Motorway Service Area's

Motorway Service Area's (MSA) should be mapped according to the following convention:

  • Use "Streets" for all through roads (linking the ramps).
  • Use "Parking Lot Road" for Parking areas.
  • Use "Service Road" for Petrol Station forecourts.
  • Use "Private Road" for limited access roads (with no public right of way). Ensure that they are set to unknown connectivity, turn restrictions are set so that no-one can turn into the road and the segment(s) and connecting segments are locked to enforce the turn restrictions.
  • Do not add a City or Street name to any road with the exception of the ramps.
  • Set landmarks for the major buildings on site (i.e. Services Building, Fuel and Hotels etc).

For more information on how junction locking works in Waze see the forum thread: Modifying the lock option (and some explanations)

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