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Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy

Grassy plain on Cape Barren Island also known as truwana.

truwana is also known as Cape Barren Island        A map for kunanyi / Mount Wellington  

The Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy

The Tasmanian Government has finalised its review of the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy. Following a detailed consultation process, a revised Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy has now been released ( 5 June 2019). As a result of consultation feedback, the revised Policy includes a number of enhancements and improvements that improve inclusivity, procedural efficiency and broader promotion of the Policy.

Assigning Aboriginal and Dual names is an important way to progress reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmanians. The Tasmanian Government is committed to supporting the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy as an effective contribution to the broader community’s understanding of Aboriginal history and culture in Tasmania.

The inclusion of Aboriginal names in the Tasmanian landscape assists in preserving the language and culture of the first people, and recognises their continued connection to the land.

The Government is committed to working with Tasmanian Aboriginal people and the wider community to encourage more Aboriginal place names in Tasmania. Part of this commitment is the establishment, review and ongoing use of the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy. (PDF, 626.97MB)

About the Aboriginal Dual Naming Policy

The Tasmanian Government's Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy allow geographical features and places to be given both an introduced and Aboriginal language name.

It is important to acknowledge the history and continued existence of the Tasmanian Aboriginal (pakana) community and Aboriginal connections to the Tasmanian (lutruwita) landscape, as well as European connections.

Key features of the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy:

  • Enables a transparent dual naming system, where an official name is already in use. The attachment of an Aboriginal name sits alongside the introduced name.
  • Provides a consistent guide to attaching Aboriginal names, and how it is approached.

The Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy will not attach Aboriginal names to existing features such as roads, highways, bridges, and communication towers.

The Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy will apply to naming Tasmanian features and places in accordance with the Survey Coordination Act 1944.

Responsibility of attaching names to places remains with the Nomenclature Board, based within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE).


On 30 November 2017, the Review of the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy Issues Paper was released for public comment. The deadline for submissions in response to this paper was 22 December 2017.

The Issues Paper contained 12 questions identifying matters for consideration by the review. Tasmanian Aboriginal people, Aboriginal community organisations and groups, local councils, other interested parties and members of the public were invited and encouraged to participate and respond to the Issues Paper.


On 1 June 2018, a Consultation & Stakeholder Feedback Report with accompanying submissions was published on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website and distributed to review respondents, who were invited to make further comment on the Report.

A second round of public consultations (on draft amendments to the Policy) opened on 24 October 2018 and concluded on 11 January 2019.

View the submissions from the second round of public consultation.

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To date, 13 places are assigned under the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy 2012.  This is an important step in the ongoing recognition and preservation of lutruwita's/Tasmania's Aboriginal heritage and culture. The dual named places are:

  • kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Dual name for the mountain
  • kanamaluka / River Tamar. Dual name for the river from its source in Launceston to its mouth at Low Head
  • truwana / Cape Barren Island. Dual name for the island as a geographical feature
  • takayna / Tarkine. The dual name will apply to the Unbounded Locality already named Tarkine
  • putalina applies to an unbounded Locality covering the cove at Oyster Cove, the Aboriginal property “Oyster Cove”and adjacent lands with boundaries undefined
  • larapuna applies to an Unbounded Locality extending roughly from Eddystone Point to Grants Points, the water of the Bay of Fires between the two points, and adjacent lands with boundaries undefined. This is generally the whole Bay of Fires area, which the name larapuna is specifically for.
  • wukalina / Mount William - Dual name for the mountain
  • yingina / Great Lake - Dual name
  • titima / Trefoil Island - to be dual named with Trefoil Island and depicted as titima
  • laraturunawn / Sundown Point - Dual name
  • nungu / West Point - to be dual named with West Point and depicted as nungu / West Point
  • taypalaka / Green Point - to be dual named with Green Point and depicted as taypalaka / Green Point
  • pinmatik / Rocky Cape - to be dual named with Rocky Cape and depicted as pinmatik / Rocky Cape
For further information:

Phone 6232 7082 or email