Surveying standards and forms
The Department of Resources is responsible for establishing standards for surveying in Queensland. Survey standards and approved forms are provided below.
General survey standards
Additional requirements and explanatory material
- Registrar of Titles directions for the preparation of plans
- Redefining the Queensland-New South Wales border: guidelines for surveyors (PDF, 572KB)
- Survey requirements for mining tenure surveys (PDF, 522KB)
Approved forms for use on cadastral plans
- Form 12 - Certificate for survey records (PDF, 22KB)
- Form 13 - Certificate for cadastral plans (PDF, 23KB)
- Form 14 - Certificate for cadastral plans (PDF, 30KB)
- Form 18 - Certificate for cadastral plans-compiled (PDF, 23KB)
- Form 19 - Certificate for cadastral plans (PDF, 18KB)
Control surveys must comply with the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping ICSM standards and practices for control surveys.
New permanent survey marks
Details of new permanent marks must be provided to the department on the following form:
For information on how to prepare and lodge permanent survey mark plans, read:
Maintenance of permanent survey marks
Email CadastralAdminDataHelp@resources.qld.gov.au with any updates to existing permanent marks or information about any irregularities observed in the field. A mark maintenance worksheet is incorporated into the permanent survey mark plan form.
- To submit surveying forms, see Surveying submissions and enquiries.
- Read about the removal of parish and county information from land transactions and information systems in Surveying Alert 17 and Surveying Alert 18.
- Access historical parish boundary information from the historical parish directory.
- Find out more about international and national standards activity from the Inter-Governmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) and Standards Australia.
- Contact us for a free copy of the Directions to surveyors CD: a historical collection of Queensland rules, directions, guidelines and memoranda to surveyors produced since 1847.
- Contact the Surveyors Board of Queensland for information on surveyor registration.
- Last reviewed: 1 Jul 2020
- Last updated: 12 Nov 2021