Frequently asked questions
The International Federation of Surveyors defines a surveyor as a professional person with the academic qualifications and technical expertise to conduct one or more of the following activities:
- to determine, measure and represent land, three-dimensional objects, point-fields and trajectories
- to assemble and interpret land and geographically related information
- to use that information for the planning and efficient administration of the land, the sea and any structures thereon
- to conduct research into the above practices and to develop them.
A land surveyor is a person carrying out professional surveying work with the following qualifications:
- an approved degree in surveying (such as the four year Bachelor of Surveying from Curtin University)
- a licence or registration as a land surveyor in an Australian State or Territory or in New Zealand.
Land surveying is the definition of land boundaries by the application of survey procedures and exercise of judgement in accordance with precedent and statute law. It includes surveys for the subdivision, alienation, resumption, amendment of title and other dealings in land and interests in land. It also includes the collection of material facts and the giving of evidence for courts of law in cases of damage, title boundary disputes, the rectification of titles, etc, the preparation and giving of professional opinions, and interpretation of descriptions and other documents pertaining to land and interests therein. Land surveying is governed by the laws (Acts and Regulations) of the various States and Territories of Australia and of New Zealand.
A cadastral survey is a land boundary survey and is therefore a survey made for the purpose of forming or maintaining the cadastre. See also What is land surveying?
Landgate’s Inspecting Surveyors work to maintain and raise the standard of cadastral surveys and plans in WA by:
- inspecting field records lodged by practising licensed surveyors
- conducting field inspections of surveys lodged by practising licensed surveyors
- auditing plans referred to them by the Landgate plan examiners
- conducting investigations as requested by the Registrar of Titles and the Land Surveyors Licensing Board (LSLB)
- assessing the boundary definition elements of applications for bringing land under the operation of the Transfer of Land Act 1893
- assessing the boundary definition elements of applications for claiming land by adverse possession.