Place Names

Place Names are the names of cultural and physical features and their associated spatial identifiers, location and extent. Place Names constitute the most commonly used spatial references and can be approved, unapproved, commonly used or historical.

FSDF datasets in this theme

Theme Purpose

Place Names are used to consistently identify and record the official and/or commonly-used names for the location of places and features and gazetted or historical information associated with those names.

Place Names are integral to:

Emergency response
Economic, social and environmental analysis
Cultural identity and heritage
Mapping and navigation
Providing a link / index function to other spatial and aspatial data


Theme Current Status 
Place Names are delivered by each jurisdiction but a national coverage is delivered by CGNA through Geoscience Australia as the Gazetteer of Australia portal. The data updated bi-annually. This national gazetteer contains a harmonised subset of the datasets held by the: States and Territories Australian Antarctic Division Australian Hydrographic Office
Theme Future Status 
Long Term Objectives include: provide all officially named localities and features into the one foundation theme database. This would allow the production of specific and general gazetteer product to be created from that comprehensive data contain points, lines and polygon data to bring a greater spatial sense to a place name where suited. i.e. A road is not a point, it is either a line or a polygon. If that road is depicted as a point without length or width you have lost or never collected useful information associated with that road. A reserve is not a point it is an area, so should be represented as a polygon have a greater ability to allow the theme to deal with unofficial, alternative (alias) names and repetition of names across the nation. be delivered as an openly available real-time service

Theme Coverage

Complete, current and continuous coverage of agreed Water data set(s) for all Australia.