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

Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities - 2016 (DOCX, 6.3 MB)

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.

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.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) is the coordinating naming authority for schools in Victoria

Local councils are now consulted and invited to comment on any school naming proposal, but are no longer required to coordinate the naming process.

DET Guidelines for the naming of schools

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

Road name history form (DOC, 128.0 KB)

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 naming rules 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.

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