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.