Surveyors Act 2003 - Queensland

Service summary

The purpose of the act is to:

  • protect the public by ensuring surveys are carried out by registrants in a professional and competent way; and
  • uphold the standards of practice within the profession; and
  • maintain public confidence in the profession.

The Act:

  • establishes the basis for registration as a surveyor
  • requires surveyors who perform cadastral surveys to be registered surveyors with a cadastral endorsement
  • requires surveyors who conduct a business that provides cadastral surveying services to hold a consulting endorsement, which includes a requirement to hold professional indemnity insurance
  • establishes a complaints and disciplinary process in relation to the professional conduct of registered persons.

The Surveyors Board is formed under the Act to implement registration and disciplinary functions.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Surveyors Regulation 2004

Information about standards for surveying can be obtained from the Business Queensland website.


Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Cadastral survey

a survey of the boundaries of property.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Persons may make a written complaint to the Board about the conduct of registered persons.

The Board has power to appoint investigators to investigate possible professional misconduct under the Act. After considering the investigator's report, a professional conduct review panel of the Board may impose fines or require the surveyor to correct a survey or undergo further training, or if the situation requires it, refer the matter to Queensland Civil Administration Tribunal (QCAT). QCAT may impose more severe penalties, including reprimands, fines, orders for correction of defective work and suspension or cancellation of registration or endorsements.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

The Act requires information notices to be given when particular decisions are made. The information notice must include advice that the decision can be reviewed by QCAT.

Decisions of QCAT may be appealed to the appeal tribunal of QCAT. An application for leave to appeal must be filled in the registry within 28 days.

Administering agency

Surveyors Board of Queensland

Contact details

Executive Officer
Surveyors Board of Queensland
Surveyors Board of Queensland

Operating address:
Unit 18
Level 4 Kenlynn Centre
457 Upper Edward Street
Spring Hill, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
PO Box 656
Spring Hill, Queensland 4004


07 3839 7744


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