I have a list of suburbs in Queensland, Australia along with their lat/longs.

However, when I try to read in the file in R and assign a CRS, R is giving the following error message:

Error in proj4string<-(*tmp*, value = ) : Geographical CRS given to non-conformant data: 153.53332931

Here are relevant lines of the code,

# Loading suburb list 
qs <- read.csv(file = '../data/Australian_Post_Codes_Lat_Lon.csv', 
               header = TRUE,
               stringsAsFactors = FALSE)

suburb <- qs %>% 
  filter(state == 'QLD') %>% 

coordinates(suburb) <- c('lat', 'lon')
# Assigning proper Coordinate Reference System (CRS) to Lat/Long.
proj4string(suburb) <- CRS("+init=epsg:4326")

I am using the csv file provided here

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    Try coordinates(suburb) <- c('lon', 'lat') i think sp expects coordinates in xy not yx. – TimSalabim Oct 8 '17 at 14:08

It is what TimSalabim commented, one need to pass coordinates function in xy order, hence, longitude and latitude.

I tested the .csv data and the following code works:

qs <- read.csv(file = '.../data/Australian_Post_Codes_Lat_Lon.csv', sep = ',')
suburb <- subset(qs, qs$state == 'QLD')

coordinates(suburb) <- c('lon', 'lat') #this is the line which answers the question.
proj4string(suburb) <- CRS("+init=epsg:4326")

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