At Landgate, we apply two key governing documents when we consider place naming:
- Policies and Standards for the Geographical Naming of Western Australia.
- Aboriginal Naming Guidelines
The rules outlined in these documents apply to all proposed names, existing names being considered for renaming and dual naming, and removing names that are no longer in use or suitable.
Local governments provide all naming submissions to Landgate. Members of the public with suggestions or corrections to place names should contact the local government or Landgate for further assistance.
The Australian Standard for Rural and Urban Street Addressing (ASNZ4819) is also applied to ensure national consistency for address assignment. The structure of street names is aligned to AS4590, which enables standardised sharing of data.
The current Aboriginal Naming Guidelines were published in 2020 and released as a separate document following extensive consultation, including local governments and Aboriginal corporations.
How to check an address
We maintain a whole-of-state address database to support the registration of property ownership. You can verify your address here
Addresses are assigned and maintained by the relevant local government and provided to Landgate when a new subdivision occurs. Amendments and changes to existing street addresses are also allocated by the local government, which then advises Landgate.
Want to know more about naming?
The Geographic Names Committee is an advisory body to Landgate and the Minister for Lands. Read more about the important role the committee plays here.