About Cadastral Surveying
Cadastral surveying is the discipline of land surveying that relates
to the laws of land ownership and the definition of property boundaries. It involves interpreting and advising on boundary locations, on the
status of land ownership and on the rights, restrictions and interests
in property, as well as the recording of such information for use
on plans, maps, etc. It also involves the physical delineation of
property boundaries and determination of dimensions, areas and certain
rights associated with properties, whether they are on land, water
or defined by natural or artificial features.
Cadastral surveys are generally performed to subdivide land into
parcels for ownership under a land title and to re-establish boundaries
of previously surveyed properties to determine the physical extent
of ownership or to facilitate the transfer of the property title.
A surveyor, who is registered as a licensed surveyor under the Surveying
Act 2004, is the only person authorised to perform cadastral surveys
in Victoria. The regulation of cadastral surveying reflects the importance
with which Government holds Victoria’s cadastre. The cadastre
is a parcel-based system of property (land) administration. It is
comprised of physically delineated boundaries, being the extents
of parcels or interests in parcels, and datasets containing the public
record of the interests (ie. rights, restrictions and responsibilities)
in those parcels. The government and community entrust licensed surveyors
to maintain and protect the integrity of the cadastre, which underpins
economic development through confidence in the property market.