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Role of the Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel

The Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel provides expert advice and recommendations to the Registrar of Geographic Names on:

  • geographic place naming policy and principles, and
  • place naming issues of regional, state and national significance

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

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

The Minister for Planning appoints members of the panel as per section 14 (1) of the Geographic Place Names Act 1998.


The Minister for Planning or Registrar of Geographic Names can form committees using members of the Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel.

A committee is generally convened to address naming proposals that are of greater than local significance.

Committees may also be convened at the request of a naming authority, the Minister or Registrar.

Page last updated: 11/07/23