VICNAMES allows you to search all registered and recorded place names in Victoria and 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.

You can use the system 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.


The Guide to VICNAMES (DOCX, 6.1 MB) explains how to:

Further detailed guides will soon be available.

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 and contributions to 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When you submit historical information, a historical content administrator will verify your submission.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) are required so that you can be contacted regarding further details or amendments before your information becomes publicly available.

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Page last updated: 09/06/20