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Surveyors Act 2003 – 1 November 2013

Surveyors Regulation 2014 – 1 July 2016

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The Surveyors Board of Queensland is established: to assess applicants for registration and registration endorsements; to monitor registrants’ compliance with disciplinary conditions of registration; and to authorise investigations, whether because of a complaint or on its own initiative, of registrants’ professional conduct (among other functions).

  • Sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 39, 41, 68, 86, 188A; Regulation 5

An individual may apply in the approved form to the Surveyors Board of Queensland for registration as 1 of the following: (a) a surveyor, with or without 1 or more registration endorsements; (b) a surveying graduate; (c) a surveying associate; or (d) an emeritus surveyor. An individual is generally eligible for registration if they have been assessed as having the relevant competency. If granted, registration/registration endorsement is for a term of not longer than 12 months.

  • Sections 6, 36, 37, 45, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 77, Schedule 3; Regulations 2, 3

A corporation may apply to the Surveyors Board of Queensland for registration as a surveyor with a registration endorsement as a consulting surveyor, with or without any other registration endorsements. A corporation is generally eligible if it is incorporated in Australia and has been assessed as having the relevant competency. If granted, registration/registration endorsement is for a term of not longer than 12 months.

  • Sections 6, 38, 45, 46, 49, 50, 51, 52, 77, Schedule 3; Regulation 3

A person may apply to the board, or an accredited entity, in the approved form for assessment of the person’s competency.

  • Sections 43, 44; Regulation 4

A person must not carry out a cadastral survey unless the person is: (a) a cadastral surveyor; or (b) a surveyor, surveying graduate or surveying associate carrying out the survey under the supervision of a cadastral surveyor who, expressly or impliedly, accepts responsibility for the survey’s survey quality.

  • Sections 6, 75, Schedule 3

A person must not charge a fee for carrying out a cadastral survey unless the person is a consulting cadastral surveyor.

  • Sections 75, 76

A registrant, before carrying on a business providing surveying services under a business name other than the registrant’s own name, must give the board written notice of the business name.

  • Section 79

The Surveyors Board of Queensland must develop a written code of practice to provide guidance to registrants about appropriate professional conduct.

  • Sections 6, 80, 81, 82, 83, Schedule 3

A person who is aggrieved by a registrant’s conduct in carrying out, or in relation to, a survey may make a written complaint about the conduct to the Surveyors Board of Queensland.

  • Section 85

A surveyor who holds a registration endorsement for carrying out cadastral surveys may use the title ‘registered surveyor—land’ to show the type of registration endorsement held by the surveyor.

  • Regulation 7
Reason for law

To protect the public by ensuring surveys are carried out by registrants in a professional and competent way. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Surveyors Board of Queensland

Search SBQ registrant list

Search for a consulting cadastral surveyor

Board Forms

Policies & Guidelines

Code of Practice

Surveyors [Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal]

Caselaw – Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal [Supreme Court Library Queensland]

Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE)

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

Media article

Australia Is Not as Down Under as Everyone Thinks It Is

Critique

In the Schedule 3 dictionary, a definition is provided for ‘Uniform Civil Procedure Rules’ when this phrase does not appear in the Act.

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