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Place Names Act 1994 – 1 November 2013

Place Names Regulation 2015 – 4 September 2015

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The Minister may: (a) give a name to a place; or (b) change the approved name of a place; or (c) discontinue the use of the approved name of a place. Before exercising a power, the Minister must develop a proposal about the place’s name. In developing the proposal, the Minister may have regard to any place naming issues the Minister considers appropriate (including, in particular, the stated place naming issues). The Minister must generally publish a notice of the proposal, which invites written submissions about the proposal. If the Minister gives a name to a place, the chief executive must enter the name of the place in the Gazetteer of Place Names. For the definition of ‘place’, refer to section 4 of the Act. For what constitutes ‘place naming issues’, see section 6 of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14; Regulation 2

The government must keep the Gazetteer of Place Names and must ensure the Gazetteer is available for inspection by members of the public during normal business hours at the department’s head office and other places the government considers appropriate.

  • Sections 12, 13

A person must not, in trade or commerce: (a) publish a document; or (b) authorise the publication in a document of an advertisement or statement; in which a name that is not an approved name of a place is represented as the place’s name. For the definition of ‘trade or commerce’, refer to section 3 of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 15
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Relevant links

Place Names [Queensland Government]
How places are named [Queensland Government]

Place names gazetteer – Queensland

South East Queensland Placenames [State Library of Queensland]





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