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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 provide detail to supplement:

  • cadastral survey instructions
  • requirements of the Survey Act, Regulations and other legislation
  • Surveyor-General’s Directions
  • 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).

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

Certified Survey Plan Checklist

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 (326.1 KB PDF) as a minimum.

Land Services SA provide free access to download the PCplans applications widely used by surveyors to confirm mathematical closures and check plan data against the MGA2020 coordinates obtained from the Survey Database.

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

Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculation application (22.0 KB XLS) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM coordination.

Template for the provision of permanent survey mark coordinates (70.8 KB XLSX)

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 LSSA must report the error to the Surveyor-General and provide an updated coordinated for the mark.

Downloads

Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculation application (22.0 KB XLS) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM re-coordination.

Template for the provision of permanent survey mark coordinates (70.8 KB XLSX)

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

Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculation application (22.0 KB XLS) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM coordination.

Template for the provision of permanent survey mark coordinates (70.8 KB XLSX).

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 DSA layer of the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA)..

Superseded DSAs are in the Index of superseded designated survey areas (DSAs).

Survey Searching Guide

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