For more detailed information, refer to the naming rules:
Lodging a commemorative naming proposal
Further advice regarding lodgement of a naming proposal can be found within the naming rules Section 6 – Initiating a proposal.
When lodging a request with GNV, supporting evidence is required that documents the naming authority’s attempts to gain the consent of the family of the person at the centre of the naming proposal. Documents might include:
- copies of letters sent to the family
- copies of newspaper advertisements
- internet or social media posts calling for consent or contact details of the family.
When a naming authority is unable to locate existing family members, the naming authority may use a newspaper notice, internet or social media posts advertising the proposed name to also call for consent from the family and/or request family contact details from the community. Refer to the naming rules – Section 7.2.4 Build awareness of the proposal and invite feedback. Any response from the family should be included in the proposal sent to GNV.
If a naming authority has exhausted avenues to contact families and the proposal is the name of a person who passed away at least 70 years ago, GNV will consider the naming proposal.
Exemptions and naming after living people
Exemptions to commemorate a living person are strongly discouraged and are generally not permitted.
In exceptional circumstances where a naming authority wishes to seek an exemption to any of the requirements listed above and name a road, feature or locality after a living person, they must apply in writing to the Registrar of Geographic Names. This must be done before any public consultation or a decision is made.
Consent from the person should also be sought before any exemption request is submitted to GNV.
The naming authority must provide a strong rationale that supports the exemption request and outline the reasons for proposing a living person's name. Reasons may include but are not limited to:
- evidence about the person’s achievements that are of national or state significance
- relevant history and association to the area which ensures a link to place.
Providing a rationale or fulfilling these points does not mean the Registrar will provide an exemption. Each case is considered on its own merits.