VICNAMES

VICNAMES was updated in October 2014 with improvements in search functionality, the user interface and the way in which data is displayed.  It allows you to search all registered and recorded place names in Victoria.

VICNAMES holds more than 200,000 road and place names. It includes geographic features such as mountains and rivers, bounded localities such as suburbs, towns, cities and regions and physical infrastructure such as roads, reserves and schools.

It is used to: 

  • assist naming authorities ensure a proposed name will not be a duplicate
  • provide details on the location and extent of geographic features, localities and roads
  • record or find historical information on place names.

Guide to VICNAMES October 2014

The Guide to VICNAMES shows how you can use the VICNAMES website to search for and download place names information. Further detailed guides will be made available in the coming months.

The Guide to VICNAMES includes:

  • how you can operate the updated version of VICNAMES
  • instructions on how you can find the name of a place or road in Victoria
  • capability to search for the origins of a name and add historical information to any place or road
  • the ability to check for duplicated geographic feature and road names, with a pre-determined radius applied of 5, 15 or 30 kilometres (as per Principle 1(D) of the Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010)
  • name searches based on similarly spelt and sounding names.

Find or add historical information

To find or contribute information on the origin of a place or road name in Victoria you can search VICNAMES by clicking on the historical information button.

For assistance, refer to the Guide to VICNAMES.

The historical information component of VICNAMES was developed to enable public access to and contributions on the origins of Victorian place names. It is part of the Australian National Placenames Survey (ANPS) research project, which aims to prepare a national register of geographical names.

When you submit historical information, a historical content administrator will verify your submission. Your contact details (which will remain confidential at all times) are required so that you can be contacted regarding further details or amendments before your information becomes publicly available.

For further information, please contact the Office of Geographic Names by email on geo.names@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone on 03 8636 2851 or 8636 2525.

Page last reviewed on 27 October 2016

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