Australian state codes

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This article is about the second level of government division in Australia.

The states and territories are federated administrative divisions in Australia, ruled by regional governments that constitute the second level of governance between the federal government and local governments. States are self-governing polities with incomplete sovereignty (having ceded some sovereign rights to federation) and have their own constitutions, legislatures, departments, and certain civil authorities (e.g. judiciary and law enforcement) that administer and deliver most public policies and programmes. Territories can be autonomous and administer local policies and programmes much like the states in practice, but are still constitutionally and financially subordinate to the federal government and thus have no true sovereignty.[1]

States and territories

Name Type Postal ISO[2] Capital (or largest settlement)
New South Wales
State NSW AU-NSW Sydney
State VIC AU-VIC Melbourne
State QLD AU-QLD Brisbane
Western Australia
State WA AU-WA Perth
South Australia
State SA AU-SA Adelaide
State TAS AU-TAS Hobart
Australian Capital Territory
Internal territory ACT AU-ACT Canberra
Northern Territory
Internal territory NT AU-NT Darwin
Jervis Bay Territory
Internal territory JBT AU-JBT None (Jervis Bay Village)
Christmas Island External territory WA CX Flying Fish Cove
Norfolk Island External territory NSW NF Kingston
Cocos (Keeling) Islands External territory WA CC West Island
Australian Antarctic Territory External territory TAS AQ None (Davis Station)
Coral Sea Islands External territory None (Willis Island)
Ashmore and Cartier Islands External territory None (offshore anchorage)
Heard Island and McDonald Islands External territory TAS HM None (Atlas Cove)

See also


  1. REFweb Wikipedia article: States and territories of Australia. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  2. ISO 3166-2:AU is the entry for Australia in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1. Currently for Australia, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 6 states and 2 territories. Lesser territories that are under the administration of the commonwealth government, such as the Jervis Bay Territory, the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, and the Coral Sea Islands, are not listed. Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is AU, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of Australia. The second part is two or three letters, which is the conventional abbreviation of the state or territory (defined in Australian Standard AS 4212-1994).