Licensed Surveyors play a very important role in our
society. We depend on them for determining our property boundaries. They prepare the foundation on which our communities and cities are
built and they facilitate development from design to monitoring after
completion. For over 100 years the Surveyors Registration Board of
Victoria, a statutory body, has been responsible for establishing
and maintaining the high standards of surveying practice and competency
of Victoria's cadastral surveying profession.
Victoria's efficient land tenure system is based on the Torrens
system of land registration. It is largely through the regulation
of licensed surveyors that government is able to effectively manage
the risks to the property boundary system. Only a person registered
by the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria can practise cadastral
surveying or use the title Licensed Surveyor. Confidence in Victoria's
property boundary system underpins a robust property market, which
through property financing and transactions is a significant part
of Victoria's wealth generation.
A Licensed Surveyor's work has cumulative and long-term effects
on future generations. Many functions of a licensed surveyor are,
by their very nature, functions provided for society at large. Imagine
what life would be like without licensed surveyors. We would have
continual disputes over who owns which piece of land and where that
piece of land starts and finishes. Buildings may not be set out correctly
and safe roads would not be built. The professional services provided
by a qualified surveyor cost less in time, worry and expense than
the cost of moving a building, relocating improvements or defending
a law suit in court because of a land boundary dispute.
The registration of licensed surveyors provides confidence in the
correctness and accuracy of the location of property boundaries,
buildings and all infrastructure.