About the Surveyor-General of Victoria

Surveyor-General of Victoria, John TullochVictoria's Surveyor-General is John Tulloch.

The Surveyor-General of Victoria is the primary government authority on surveying and the cadastre (land property boundaries and tenure).

Roles and responsibilities for the Surveyor-General are prescribed under a diverse range of Acts and regulations of Parliament.

The role of the Surveyor-General includes responsibilities for Victoria's:

  • land administration
  • surveying
  • electoral system
  • geographic place names
  • regulation
  • geodetic infrastructure and survey control network
  • protection of the cadastre
  • industry leadership.

Statutory responsibilities and powers

The Surveyor-General plays a key governance role in Victoria and is:

  • the statutory authority on surveying and cadastral boundaries
  • the Registrar of Geographic Names in Victoria (visit VICNAMES)
  • chair of the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria
  • a Commissioner for Electoral Boundaries in Victoria
  • a member of the Federal Redistribution Committee for Victoria
  • a State Verifying Authority for the measurement of length
  • responsible for registering survey plans in the Land Registry
  • leading the Office of Surveyor-General Victoria and its contribution to the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) corporate mission, product and service delivery charter.

Additional roles and responsibilities

The Surveyor-General is also responsible for:

  • providing high-level advice to the Minister and Department on statutory and policy matters relating to surveying, geodetic infrastructure, the survey control network and the cadastre
  • determining and approving Crown (government) land boundaries and alignments
  • coordinating surveying activities within Victoria to ensure that appropriate standards are maintained by state authorities
  • maintaining Victoria's geodetic infrastructure and survey control network
  • setting standards of measurement and is a State Verifying Authority for the measurement of length under the Australian Government's National Measurement Act 1960
  • monitoring compliance of land surveyors with regulations and standards to ensure adequate maintenance of the cadastral boundaries form the basis of land ownership in Victoria
  • promulgating surveying practice directions in relation to standards of measurement, survey and marking through the Survey Practice Handbook or Surveyor-General Practice Directives.

Further information and general enquiries

Surveyor-General of Victoria
GPO Box 527
Melbourne VIC 3001
Ph: (03) 8636 2525
Fax: (03) 8636 2776
Email: surveyor.general@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last reviewed on 16 November 2015

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