New Place Names Legislation

​​​​​Development of a proposed new Place Names Bill, with a view to modernising the administrative processes of official place naming,​ is underway.

The draft Bill was made available to the stakeholder community for review and consultation, with the consultation period closing on the 3rd September 2019. The draft Bill has been drafted in accordance with the final Stakeholder and Community Consultation Report which was developed from two previous rounds of stakeholder consultation, intending to provide for contemporary administration of place naming. The new Bill will be accompanied by the Tasmanian Place Naming Guidelines, which modernise the processes for the proposal, consultation and advertising of place names. The Guidelines will reference the recently revised Aboriginal and Dual Names Policy.

Detail of TASMAP 1:50 000 Wellington Map

  Draft_Place_Names_Bill_2019   (415Kb)

  Draft Tasmanian Place Naming Guidelines   (1Mb)​

Previous ​Stak​​​​eholder Consultation:
​There has been community and stakeholder consultation to inform the drafting process. A summary of feedback has been included in the Stakeholder and Community Consultation Report.

  Stakeholder and Community Consultation Report   (558Kb)​

The Stakeho​lder and Community Consultation Report was informed by responses to the Place Names Act Issues Paper. This was open to all interested members of the public to comment on these, and any other issues or potential solutions.

  Place Names Act Issues Paper   (612Kb)

Information for Public Submissions:

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The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material.  If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.​

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