About the Surveyor-General of Victoria
Victoria'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
- electoral system
- geographic place names
- 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