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How places are named

Consistent and accurate place names are the basis of a number of vital activities, including map production, communication services, population censuses and statistics, and emergency services.

Because of this, Queensland follows strict place naming guidelines and processes. Place naming is primarily the responsibility of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, which administers the Place Names Act 1994.

This guide explains the place naming process and the principles we follow when deciding place names.

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For place names enquiries, email or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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Last reviewed
28 October 2016
Last updated
19 March 2015

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