Registrar of Geographic Names

Victoria's Registrar of Geographic Names is currently John Tulloch. The registrar is appointed by the Minister for Planning according to the Geographic Place Names Act 1998

He is responsible for:

  • maintaining the official Victorian Register of Geographic Names, VICNAMES, by liaising with and obtaining proposals from naming authorities including municipal councils, government departments and the Minister for Planning
  • ensuring that proposals from naming authorities conform to the Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities –2016 (see below)
  • disseminating information from the register to interested stakeholders including the general public, cartography companies and government bodies
  • convening committees from selected members of the Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel to consider naming related issues.

Office of Geographic Names (OGN)

The Office of Geographic Names (OGN) assists the Registrar of Geographic Names by liaising with naming authorities such as municipal councils, government departments and authorities to ensure the VICNAMES register is regularly updated.

On behalf of the Registrar, the OGN participates in ongoing communication with service providers such as the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), Australia Post and other organisations.

This ensures that the naming of Victoria's roads, geographic features and localities is consistent with the Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016 (the naming rules) and reflects current best practice standards that minimise problems with service delivery, and locational and mapping issues.

The Office of Geographic Names is in the process of launching the new naming rules and hosting several workshops across the state.

Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel

The Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel is responsible for providing expert advice and recommendations to the Registrar on geographic place names policy and principles and place naming issues of regional, state and national significance.

Panel members' knowledge, background and/or experience in one or more of the following areas are highly regarded:

  • mapping or geography
  • urban and regional planning
  • local government administration
  • Aboriginal culture and language
  • heritage or historical matters
  • orthography or linguistics.

Members of the panel are appointed by the Minister for Planning pursuant to s.14(1) of the Geographic Place Names Act 1998.

Expressions of interest for the Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel have now closed.

Current projects

Victoria's complex site addressing program

The Office of Geographic Names, with assistance from Vicmap's Information Services Division, emergency services and other stakeholder organisations, is launching the complex site addressing program.

The complex site addressing program aims to provide a unique address for each sub-address within large or complex sites such as retirement villages, universities, shopping centres, camping sites, sporting facilities, tourist venues, and caravan and residential parks.

By doing this, the program will improve the property addressing system in Victoria and support efficient and effective delivery of emergency and postal services, as well as a range of government activities.

The Office of Geographic Names will provide an information flyer to municipal councils, who can then distribute it to managers of complex sites.

The addressing information should then be provided by site managers to their councils for uploading to Vicmap.

Victoria's complex site addressing program (PDF, 390.2 KB)
Victoria's complex site addressing program (DOCX, 1.3 MB)

ANZAC Commemorative Naming Project

The Office of Geographic Names continues to promote the project across Victoria. To date 52 of the 79 municipalities have received grants to assist with the research of commemorative names. Further grants may be provided which will be decided by the ANZAC Commemorative Naming committee. 

For further information, visit ANZAC commemorative naming project.

Further information

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