Place Names Act 1994 - Queensland

Service summary

To regulate and control the naming of places in Queensland.

The Act sets out the statutory process for:

  • the naming of places
  • the changing of names of places
  • discontinuing the use of names of places.

A person must not, in promoting trade or commercial activity, publish a document or authorise the publication in a document of an advertisement or statement in which a name which is not the approved name of a place is represented as the place name.

Use of unapproved names in promotion or advertising is not prohibited, provided it is made clear that they are not the approved place names.

The Act contains provisions for penalties where misuse of a name is proved, and also provides for a gazetteer of approved place names which is held in a database available for public inspection.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms


means an area or geographical feature (whether natural or artificial). However a "place" does not include a) a road within the means of the Traffic Act 1949; or b) a canal associated with a residential or commercial development; or c) a building or similar structure; or d) a dam wall or similar structure; or e) a local government area or a division or ward of a local government area; or f) an electoral district under the Electoral Act 1992; or g) another place prescribed by regulation.

Publications Details

Queensland Place Names Fact Sheet L100

Place Names - Localities and Suburbs Fact Sheet L111



Fines are imposed where it is proved that an unapproved place name has been published in a document, advertisement or statement and is represented as the place's name.


Appeal process


Review or Appeal Mechanisms

The Place Names Act 1994 contains no review or appeal provisions.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Land System and Spatial Information Access

Contact details

Queensland Place Names
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Land System and Spatial Information Access

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Land System and Spatial Information Access


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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