BOSSI also advises the Minister for Finance, Services and Property and the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation on the practice of surveying, spatial information and all other matters in connection with the administration of the Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002.
Qualifying as a registered surveyor in Australia involves tested knowledge and skilled education. A four year degree in Surveying or equivalent is required with a Certificate of Competency in NSW –either from the University of NSW or the University of Newcastle. You are therefore certain that you are getting professional quality work with a registered surveyor.
Below are the top reasons you should use a Registered Surveyor:
- Registered surveyors have the qualifications to legally define land boundaries of new and existing developments. Registered Land Surveyors are responsible for the management and protection of the state and territory cadastre. This means that only a surveyor registered under the Surveyors Act 2007 (ACT) or the Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002 (NSW) is legally accredited and qualified to perform a survey to identify or mark the boundaries of your land.
- A Registered surveyor will locate and define your land boundaries and will provide a signed & certified plan that shows and legal description of the land and a sketch showing the marked boundaries.
- Hiring a registered surveyor means that you will have insights from someone who possesses the required professional experience and industry affiliations as well as someone who will comply with regulations.
- According to BOSSI (Board of Surveying and Spatial Information), it is illegal for anyone who is not a registered land surveyor to carry out any survey involving property boundaries, including the setting out of buildings at a stated offset from a property boundary. BOSSI is your assurance that a land surveyor’s work will be carried out competently, correctly and professionally.
- It is critical to be aware that surveys prepared by non-Registered surveyors do not have legal standing and will not be recognised as evidence in the event of a boundary dispute. It’s not worth the risk, so make sure you only use a licensed professional to survey your land. Using a land surveyor who is not registered can expose you to serious and costly risks relating to building compliance and structural encroachments violations. Anyone who is not a registered land surveyor and undertakes boundary surveys cannot be insured against incorrect, defective or substandard work, as they are breaking the law.
Non-licensed surveyors are able to carry out many other forms of surveying including existing conditions surveys, engineering, construction, environmental and monitoring surveys. Always exercise due diligence when selecting professional services and be sure to take care with who you select for your next survey project.
Please get in touch if you’ve experienced any violations from work carried out by an unregistered surveyor. We want to help!
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