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About the naming rules

The naming rules for places in Victoria, statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities (2016) are commonly referred to as the naming rules.

The naming rules include step-by-step information on naming, renaming or changing the boundaries of roads, features and localities in Victoria.

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 naming rules are divided into 13 sections:

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: General Principles
  • Section 3: Roads
  • Section 4: Features
  • Section 5: Localities
  • Section 6: Initiating a proposal
  • Section 7: Consultation,
  • Section 8: Objections and submissions
  • Section 9: Finalising a proposal
  • Section 10: Lodging a proposal with OGN
  • Section 11: Registrar's decision of a   proposal
  • Section 12: Gazettal of a proposed name or   boundaries
  • Section 13: Implementation
  • Appendix A: Road types accepted for   registration
  • Appendix B: Feature types accepted for   registration
  • Appendix C: Checklists
  • Appendix D: AS4819:2011 Rural and urban   addressing
  • Appendix E: Information for the public
  • Glossary

The statutory requirements in sections 3 roads, section 4 features, and section 5 localities must be read together with the General Principles in Section 2 and relevant information in Sections 6 to 13.

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

Page last updated: 23/07/21