VICNAMES 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.

VICNAMES' data display and functionality is continually being improved.  If you would like to raise an issue requiring improvement, please contact Rafe Benli, Project Officer, Office of Geographic Names on 03 8636 2851 or email  

Guide to VICNAMES October 2014

The Guide to VICNAMES explains how to search and download place names' information in VICNAMES. Further detailed guides will soon be available.

The Guide to VICNAMES includes information on how to:

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When you submit historical information, a historical content administrator will verify your submission.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 or phone on 03 8636 2851 or 8636 2525.

Page last reviewed on 2 March 2017

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