Find out about the cadastral survey rules review.

Part of the Surveyor-General's role is to set standards on how cadastral surveyors must define and describe the boundaries of interests in land. The current standard is the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010.

In line with good regulatory stewardship and practice, periodic review of the rules ensures that they remain fit-for-purpose. The latest review of the Rules for Cadastral Survey began in 2017 and we expect it to be completed in 2021. The review process includes consulting with stakeholders, surveyors, the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board, the bodies that represent surveyors and land tenure managers.

This diagram outlines the consultation process and indicative timing: 

diagram showing the 3 stages of the cadastral survey rules review


Review consultation process

Stage one: Issues identification (Complete)

July - December 2017 ('Policy' phase)

  • Seek feedback from stakeholders on issues the review may consider, including those outlined in an Issues and Opportunities Paper.

Stage two: Response to issues (Complete)

January 2018 - February 2019 ('Policy' phase)

  • Stakeholder consultation on the Surveyor-General's proposed changes (based on the issues identified).
  • Summary of feedback received for Part 1 and 2.

Stage three: Draft Rules

March 2019 - 2021 ('Technical drafting' phase)

  • Stakeholder consultation on Surveyor-General's draft Cadastral Survey Rules 2020 (Complete)
  • Drafting the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021.


The reference group

A reference group has been formed to review proposals and the draft rules before seeking feedback from the wider stakeholder community. The reference group consists of licensed cadastral surveyors Chris Scott, Craig McInnes, Jo Cushen, Lynda Watson, Matt Ryder and Michael Brownie.

Last Updated: 28 October 2020