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About the naming rules

The naming rules for places in Victoria, statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities are commonly referred to as the naming rules.

The naming rules uphold the guidelines 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. They provide a strong basis for standardised and clear naming procedures across the state.

The following resources may be useful for understanding the naming rules and completing a naming proposal.

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

Local councils are consulted and invited to comment on any school naming proposal. They are not required to coordinate the naming process.

DET Guidelines for the naming of schools

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


Road name history form (DOCX, 122.6 KB)

Any name proposal must comply with the naming rules.

When Geographic Names Victoria audits the plan of subdivision, the information provided will help ensure that the name is appropriate and that it complies with the naming rules. The history behind the name can then be recorded online in VICNAMES.

Surveyors or council officers should search for the registered road name in VICNAMES and add the road name history themselves.

Page last updated: 06/05/24