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Cadastral Surveying

Cadastral survey practice in South Australia is regulated by a four tiered structure, the components being:

Cadastral Survey Guidelines (CSG) provide detail to supplement:

  • cadastral survey instructions
  • requirements of the Survey Act, Regulations and other legislation
  • Surveyor-General’s Directions (SGD)
  • Information about boundary common law and survey practice in South Australia.

Plan Preparation Guidelines (PPG) detail Land Services SA plan requirements.

Survey Mark Coordinate Database

The Surveyor-General's Survey Operations Unit maintains the State's survey mark coordinate database (SDB).  You can access the survey mark database through the survey mark search function of the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA).

List of the code descriptions (PDF, 119 KB) referenced in the survey mark and plan details report.

For more information refer to the Geodetic Surveying section of this website.

Certified Survey Plan Checklists

Surveyor-General’s Direction No 4 requires licensed surveyors to provide a survey report, including a certified survey plan checklist, at lodgement, for all certified surveys lodged with Land Services SA.

Surveyors may use their own checklist provided it contains the items shown on this certified survey plan checklist (PDF, 193 KB) as a minimum.

Land Services SA provide free access to download the PCplans applications widely used by surveyors to check mathematical polygon closures and compare plan data against the published MGA2020 coordinates of permanent survey marks.

Provision of Permanent Survey Mark Coordinates

Surveyor-General’s Direction No 2 requires licensed surveyors to provide MGA2020 coordinates of permanent survey marks (PSMs) to the Surveyor-General.  Coordinates of survey marks can also be provided on a voluntary basis for projects that do not require the mandatory provision of coordinates (refer to the Geodetic Surveying section of this website).

Downloads

Use the Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculator (XLS, 26 KB) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM coordination.

Provision of permanent survey mark coordinates (XLSX, 70 KB) template.  An example of the input values required can be found on the second sheet of the workbook at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Complete this form to provide the Surveyor-General with coordinates for permanent survey marks.

Errors in Permanent Survey Mark Coordinates

Surveyors finding errors in the coordinates of permanent survey marks on surveys lodged with Land Services SA must report the error to the Surveyor-General and provide an updated coordinated for the mark.

Downloads

Use the Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculator (XLS, 26 KB) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM re-coordination.

Provision of permanent survey mark coordinates (XLSX, 70 KB) template.  An example of the input values required can be found on the second sheet of the workbook at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Complete this form to notify the Surveyor-General of an error in permanent survey mark coordinates and provide the new coordinates.

Notification of Final Marking of Subdivisions

Surveyors carrying out a cadastral survey for a division of land into more than five allotments, must within 90 days of the date of practical completion, place all associated survey pegs and permanent survey marks as required by the Surveyor-General.

Downloads

Use the Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculator (XLS, 26 KB) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM coordination.

Provision of permanent survey mark coordinates (XLSX, 70 KB) template.  An example of the input values required can be found on the second sheet of the workbook at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Complete this form to notify the Surveyor-General of final marking of these subdivisions and provide the Surveyor-General with coordinates of the permanent survey marks.

Designated Survey Areas (DSAs)

The extent of current DSAs can be viewed on the Designated Survey Area layer of the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA)..

Superseded DSAs

Maps showing the extent of the superseded Designated Survey Areas (DSAs) are listed below in numerical order with their date of operation:

DSA 003 Superseded Victor Harbor - 29 September 1993 (JPG, 106 KB)

DSA 005 Superseded Waikerie  - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 84 KB)

DSA 006 Superseded Barmera-Berri - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 97 KB)

DSA 007 Superseded Lyrup - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 86 KB) and 1 July 1997 (JPG, 84 KB)

DSA 008 Superseded Renmark - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 133 KB)

DSA 012 Superseded Mt Gambier - 1 March 1991 (JPG, 89 KB)

DSA 014 Superseded Roxby Downs - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 83 KB)

DSA 015 Superseded Port Pirie - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 104 KB)

DSA 017 Superseded Nuriootpa - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 112 KB)

DSA 020 Superseded Meningie - 1 July 1993 (PDF, 26 KB)

DSA 021 Superseded Craigmore - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 73 KB)

DSA 065 Superseded Mt Barker - 1 April 1997 (PDF, 72 KB)

DSA 088 Superseded Mt Compass - 1 June 1998 (JPG, 104 KB)

DSA 091 Superseded Coffin Bay - 1 June 1998 (JPG, 61 KB)

DSA 100 Superseded Port Lincoln - 1 September 1999 (PDF, 85 KB)

DSA 114 Superseded Clare - 1 February 2001 (PDF, 53 KB)

Survey Searching Guide

The Survey Searching Guide (PDF, 910 KB) provides surveyors and searchers with a brief description of various sources of land survey information in South Australia and details about the location of original records.

EDM Calibration software

Cadastral Reform and Innovation for Australia

Cadastre 2034, the National Strategy for Cadastral Reform and Innovation for Australia has been published by the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) to promote an organised and consistent approach to managing the changing cadastral systems within Australia.

Download Cadastre 2034