Aboriginal and Dual Naming

​​​​​​Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy (ADNP) ​​​​​​
The Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy provides for the naming of areas that have significance to Tasmania's Aboriginal history. The policy provides for the preferential assignment of Aboriginal names for previously unnamed natural features or places - such as rivers and mountains - as well as allowing for the addition of Aboriginal names to existing official names of natural features or places.

The role of the Nomenclature Board in the implementation of this policy is outlined in the  document​: 
Aboriginal and Dual Naming Reference Group
The ADNP provides for an Aboriginal and Dual Naming​ Reference Group of experts in Aboriginal languages to provide advice to the Board on Aboriginal naming proposals. The Reference Group is majority Tasmanian Aboriginal people and has wide ranging authority to make enquiry, engage in correspondence, seek independent views and conduct localised research as it sees fit, to provide advice to the Board on all Aboriginal and dual naming proposals. 

The Nomenclature Board will remain the authority responsible for making naming decisions, and all decisions of the Board will progress through existing established practices including gazetting an intention to assign a name.

The Terms of Reference for the Reference Group is attached below:

  Aboriginal and Dual Naming Reference Group Terms of Reference   (117Kb)

Aboriginal and Dual Naming Submissions Calendar
The Board has established an annual calendar for Aboriginal and Dual Name submissions. Submissions are required to be received by the Nomenclature Office prior to the end of March each year, following which they will be referred to the Reference Group for consideration and advice back to the Board.​ The Reference Group will provide its report to the Board by the end of September each year, to enable a Board decision by the end of December. 

This timetable has been adopted to ensure there is sufficient time for the Reference Group to engage with all necessary stakeholders and to prepare its report for the Board.

In the context of the current health pandemic, and in recognition that this is the first year that the new Reference Group will operate, submissions may be received until the end of April for 2020.

Aboriginal and Dual Naming Submissions​ Template
To assist individuals and organisations in preparing Aboriginal and dual naming submissions in a consistent manner, standard templates and advisory documentation has been prepared.

The Aboriginal and Dual Naming Proposal Application Form is attached below:
Register of Aboriginal Community Organisations
The ADNP requires the Nomenclature Board to maintain and make publicly available a register of Aboriginal community organisations and groups to be consulted as part of any Aboriginal place naming proposal.

The Register of Aboriginal Community Organisations is attached below:


Nomenclature Board (Secretary)
134 Macquarie Street
Phone: 03 6165 4112
Email: nomenclature.office@dpipwe.tas.gov.au