Naming rules for places in Victoria

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Naming rules for places in Victoria

The Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016 (naming rules) includes step-by-step information on naming, renaming or changing the boundaries of roads, features and localities in Victoria.

The naming rules, uphold the guidelines provided for in the Geographic Place Names Act 1998. They are mandatory for naming authorities in Victoria and were developed following consultation with municipal councils, government departments, and emergency response and public service providers. The naming rules are based on national standards and policies and provide a strong basis for standardised and unambiguous naming procedures across the state.

You can download the complete document via the link below. Please note that the statutory requirements in Sections 3 Roads, Section 4 Features, and Section 5 Localities must be read in conjunction with the General Principles in Section 2 and relevant information in Sections 6 through to 13.

Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016

The naming rules are divided into 13 sections:

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: General Principles
  • Section 3: Roads
  • Section 4: Features
  • Section 5: Localities
  • Section 6: Initiating a proposal
  • Section 7: Consultation,
  • Section 8: Objections and submissions
  • Section 9: Finalising a proposal
  • Section 10: Lodging a proposal with OGN
  • Section 11: Registrar's decision of a proposal
  • Section 12: Gazettal of a proposed name or boundaries
  • Section 13: Implementation.

Quick reference guide for land surveyors - road naming

A quick reference guide is available for land surveyors who are naming roads. The guide is an excerpt from the Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010 Version 2 (now replaced by the Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016).

The reference guide will soon be updated to align with the Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016. 

Department of Education and Training (DET) Guidelines

The Department of Education and Training (DET) is the coordinating naming authority for schools. Local councils are now consulted and invited to comment on any school naming proposal, but are no longer required to coordinate the naming process.

See the DET Guidelines for the naming of schools.

Recommended spelling of Indigenous place names

For many reasons there are multiple ways Victorian Indigenous languages have been spelt in historical records. If you are using the VICNAMES historical information database to submit historical information relating to a Victorian Indigenous language, please refer to VICNAMES - Recommended Spelling for Victorian Nations/Language Groups, provided by the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL).

Road name history form

This road name history form should be uploaded with your plan of subdivision. One form should be used per road name.

Any name proposal must comply with the Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016.

Providing detailed historical information in this form will assist the approval process. When the Office of Geographic Names audits the plan of subdivision, the information provided will help ensure that the name is appropriate, that it complies with the guidelines and the history behind it can be recorded online.

Surveyors or council officers should search for the registered road name in VICNAMES and add the road name history.

Page last reviewed on 2 March 2017

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