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Surveyor General's Directions

The Surveyor General's Directions provide information about survey practice in New South Wales.

The following links allow you to open or download the directions in PDF format.

Direction No.1 (PDF 2.9 MB)

Approved Permanent Marks

Direction No. 2 (PDF 1.2 MB)

Preparation of Locality Sketch Plans

Locality Sketch Plan forms

Direction No. 3 (PDF 454.3 KB)

This Direction is retired. The full version is available in Historical Survey Documents.

Direction No. 4 (PDF 3.2 MB)

Direction No. 4 is currently under review. In the meantime this guide provides information on how to use SCIMS Online.

Direction No. 5 (PDF 708.2 KB)

Verification of Distance Measuring Equipment

EDM Baseline Booking System

EDM Baseline Measurement Reports

EDM Calibration Recording Sheet (PDF 31.5 KB)


Direction No. 6 (PDF 1.2 MB)

Water as a Boundary

Direction No. 7 (PDF 5.3 MB)

Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017 - Applications

Download the Surveyor General’s Deposited Plan Checklist (PDF 1.0 MB)

Download the GridCalc (GDA94) for NSW spreadsheet package from ICSM’s GitHub repository (GridCalc_GDA94_NSW.xlsm will require Microsoft Excel 2007 or later) (ZIP 10.8 MB)

Download the Surveyor-General’s approved schedule templates package (ZIP 227.1 KB) which contains an AutoCAD 2007 drawing file (.dwg) and an AutoCAD 2007 DXF (.dxf) drawing both of which contain the schedules approved by the Surveyor-General for use under the SSIR2017.

Download the datum line, coordinate schedule and height + height difference flowcharts. (ZIP 445.7 KB)

Application for Surveyor General's Approvals and Exemptions - S&SI Regs

AUSPOS Submission

Direction No. 8 (PDF 403.0 KB)

Mining Tenure Surveys

Direction No. 9 (PDF 2.3 MB)

GNSS for Cadastral Surveys

GNSS Test details for Bass Hill
Currently being reviewed and updated

GNSS Test details for Newcastle
Currently being reviewed and updated

Direction No. 10 (PDF 303.4 KB)

Survey of Crown Land

Direction No. 11 (PDF 1.5 MB)

Preservation of Survey Infrastructure

Application for Surveyor General Approval - Survey Mark(s) Removal

Download the Information Sheet Protecting survey marks (PDF 2.7 MB)

Download the POSI Resource Pack (Zip 74.6 KB)

Direction No. 12 (PDF 498.7 KB)

Control Surveys and SCIMS

Direction No. 13 (PDF 1.2 MB)

Aquaculture Lease Surveys

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