Aboriginal and Dual Naming Guidelines
Geographical features and places in Western Australia were named by Aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of non-Aboriginal people. The names are not arbitrary: they are intrinsically attached to an Aboriginal group’s understanding of its history, culture, rights, and responsibilities to the lands.
Landgate is committed to the continued recognition of Aboriginal cultural heritage by capturing and recording the original place names and connection to geographical features and places. To do this Landgate has created the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Guidelines to provide a framework for the naming of Western Australian geographical features and places with Aboriginal names.
The guidelines are specific to the naming of geographical features and places, however Aboriginal names can be and are applied to roads and localities.