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How To Get Your Overseas Surveying qualification recognised in Australia?

The shortage of qualified Surveyors across Australia (in big cities as well as in regional or remote locations) has forced many survey organisations to seek qualified personnel from countries outside of Australia. If you are a Surveyor interested in working Down Under, we have prepared some useful information regarding the process of getting your qualifications recognized. 

Step 1

Assessment with SSSI The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute

This assessment is solely for your application to emigrate to Australia. The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) is the authorised assessing authority to assess qualifications and skills for the purpose of migration to Australia under the general skilled migration categories for the occupation of Surveyor ANZSCO 232212 ONLY (ie/ applicants must hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree).

The assessment is based upon the information provided to the Institute, and AEI-NOOSR’s Country Educational Profiles to determine the equivalence of overseas courses as well as an examination of the experience gained by the applicant and responsibilities of the applicant in carrying out their work.

Source: SSSI

You can find more information and download assessment forms here:

Regardless of which country you live in, you are required to be ‘degree’ qualified to be able to work as a Surveyor in Australia. The majority of academic institutions in Australia and New Zealand have four-year program structures for Bachelor of Surveying/Spatial Science programs and are comparable to the following degrees:

Country Qualification
UK 4 Year Survey/Mapping/Science Degree
Romania 4 Year Science/Geomatics Bachelor
Lithuania Bachelor of Measurement Engineering
Poland MSc Engineering Surveyor, University of Agriculture, Krakow
Vietnam Bachelor of Engineering – Civil Engineering (Surveying and Mapping)



Assessment with an Australian Board of Surveyors (ABS)

To work in mines or to work as a land surveyor you will require registration with ABS.  The governments of each Australian State and Territory have their own Surveyor Registration Boards and you may have to apply to one of those Boards to seek registration.

To be registered with a State or Territory Registration Board you will be required to again have your overseas qualification assessed by an independent organisation.  You should be aware that you may have to undertake further study and training to gain registration with a State or Territory Registration Board.

Below are the names of Registration Boards in each Australian State:

QLD – Surveyor Board Queensland

NSW – Board of Surveying and Spatial Information

ACT – Australian Capital Territory Planning and Land Authority

SA – Surveyor Board of South Australia

VIC – Surveyor Registration Board of Victoria

WA – Land Surveyor Licensing Board of Western Australia

NT – Surveyors Board Northern Territory

TAS – Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

We are recruiting for multiple Surveyor vacancies for jobs across all of Australia. Visit our job board to find Surveying Jobs or connect with our Recruiters on LinkedIn.

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