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Cadastral integrity

Surveyors prepare plans of survey that determine the physical boundaries of new parcels of land and create their legal identity. Spatial Services provides information and advice regarding the fixation of land boundaries as well as the resolution of related disputes.

To assist surveyors in the day-to-day delivery of surveying services, preparation and lodgment of plans of survey, Spatial Services publishes the Surveyor General's Directions & NSW Land Registry Services publishes the Registrar General's Directions. These directions ensure that registered surveyors apply the current guidelines to all aspects of survey practice in NSW.

Survey standards

The Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI) sets and regulates competency standards for surveyors and surveying practices in NSW. These standards are designed to maintain the integrity of land boundaries across the State (i.e. the State’s cadastre), which in turn maintains the integrity of the NSW property market and ensures community interests are protected. Spatial Services implements and monitors these standards on behalf of the Board.

To ensure a high level of competency in surveying services in NSW, only surveyors registered with the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information can prepare plans of survey. Such plans of survey are required when new land parcels are formed through subdivision or when all or part of an existing parcel is to be used for a specific purpose (i.e. easement or lease).

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