How places are named
What can be named?
Under the Place Names Act 1994, features or areas of land, whether natural or artificial, can be named.
Some types of places such as roads and national parks are excluded from the legislation. There are also some other places that are named by other processes or agencies and are not covered by this guide.
A list of these places is given below.
Type of place
Roads, busways, bridges, cattle grids, culverts, ferries, fords, railway crossings, car parks, tunnels, viaducts and cuttings that are part of a road
These places are all considered roads. Major roads are named by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Local roads are named by local government.
Canals and open drains, except where they connect parts of a predominantly natural watercourse
Buildings and similar structures (including establishments such as schools and hospitals)
There is no single naming authority for buildings as responsibility varies depending on the use of the building. Also see the entry below regarding homesteads and rural properties.
Dam walls and similar structures
Local government areas and divisions/wards of local government areas
National parks, conservation parks, resources reserves, nature refuges, coordinated conservation areas, wilderness areas, World Heritage management areas, international agreement areas and forest reserves
Maritime, navigation, coastal, hydrographic and oceanographic features external to Queensland waters
Named by the Australian Hydrographic Office
Undersea features located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Named by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Tourist regions, business districts, pastoral districts, agricultural regions, irrigation regions and similar
To avoid ambiguity and possible confusion for the delivery of emergency and location-based services, the only administrative boundaries named under the Place Names Act 1994 are the bounded localities and suburbs used in addressing.
No longer named. All localities must now have defined boundaries.
Airports, airfields, landing strips, runways, heliports, helipads and similar
Sports fields/grounds, courts, racing tracks, raceways and similar
Named by local government
Timber reserves and state forests
Municipal parks and reserves
Named by local government
Industrial estates, residential estates, business parks and similar
Statues, monuments and commemorative plaques
Survey marks, trigonometric stations, telecommunication towers, water towers and similar
Homesteads and rural properties
Named by the property owner and can be recorded as part of the property location address. Updates to rural property names should be advised to the relevant local council so they can update the rural property address. This information is passed on to DNRME and the geocoded national address file (G-NAF). Landholders can check their location address using Queensland Globe.
Mines, mine fields, oil fields and similar
Boat ramps, jetties, marinas, ports, pontoons and similar (but not harbours)
In this guide:
- What can be named?
- Naming processes
- Suggesting a place name or boundary change
- Naming principles
- Defining boundaries and extent
- History of Queensland place naming