ACT Place Names Committee

The ACT Place Names Committee provides advice to establish policies for the naming of divisions (suburbs) and public places on Territory Land in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Expressions of interest process

The ACT Government has called for expressions of interest for appointment to the membership of the ACT Place Names Committee 2017-2020.

Nominations closed on Tuesday 27 June 2017.


The committee is appointed by the Minister for Planning and Land Management to advise on the naming of suburbs, public places, geographical features and contentious naming matters. The current members are:

  • Mr Jeff Brown, Surveyor-General of the ACT (Co-Chair)
  • Dr David Headon, historian (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Jay Arthur, historian
  • Ms Natalie Broughton, National Capital Authority
  • Ms Roslyn Brown, United Ngunnawal Elders Council
  • Ms Samantha Faulkner, representing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Mrs Anne McGrath, historian
  • Mr Allen Mawer, historian
  • Dr Alan Roberts, historian and cultural heritage
  • Ms Alex Sloan, media
  • Dr Marilyn Truscott, historian and heritage
  • Dr Jill Waterhouse, historian


  • Ms Sharon Priestly, ACT Place Names Officer
  • Mr Peter Phillips, ACT Place Names Officer

Committee responsibilities

The terms of reference for the Place Names Committee are to:

  • establish policies and guidelines for the determination of place names for Territory land in the ACT, including suburbs (divisions), roads, public places and geographic features; and
  • provide recommendations to the Minister or his delegate on place names for Territory land in the ACT.

The Committee meets on an as required basis or at least twice a year. A meeting is arranged whenever issues arise that need a consensus of opinion from the Committee. Issues that would require a meeting may include:

  • discussion on and formulation of place names policies
  • contentious issues
  • discussion on new suburb names and/or themes

Advice is sought from Indigenous Elders, nominated experts (historians and cultural experts) from external agencies, organisations and community groups when required.

Committee Terms of Reference

The guidelines which are notified on the ACT Legislation Register detail the established policies for the naming of new divisions, roads and other public places in the ACT.

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