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Surveying and Spatial Information Services are based on the collection, management and presentation of information related to surveying, mapping and geographical information systems.

Sectors in the industry

These services are used in a wide range of circumstances and are an integral part of local, state and national land management programs, building and construction projects, environmental studies, navigational systems and monitoring of emergency situations.

Sources: Department of Jobs and Small Business

Employer profile for the industry

There are no major employers in the Survey and Mapping sector. The sector employs over 17,000 people and is dominated by small-scale businesses that employ less than 19 employees.

Sources: Department of Jobs and Small Business

Typical features of the workforce

  • In 2015 there were 17,000 people working in the sector
  • 94% of the workforce was full-time
  • Women comprised 17 % of the workforce
  • 9% of the workforce held a Certificate III or IV qualification.  The most common level of education was a Bachelor degree (40%)
  • The median age of the workforce was 40 years.

Sources: Department of Jobs and Small Business

Emerging sectors, future growth

Technological advances - for example satellite technology and monitoring used of located field vehicles via spatial analysis. This has created a widening of the roles in the sector.  For example, creating a street view for Google maps.

Demand for surveying technicians depends to a significant extent on population growth and the level of activity in the construction and mining industries. There is also an increasing demand for surveying technicians in the emerging areas of sustainability, environment management, climate change and emergency management.

Jobs in Demand

Cadastral Surveying has been identified on Skill Shortage List Australia, Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Licensed occupations and registrations

There are a wide range licensing and regulatory requirements across the states and territories for surveyors.

Applicants must satisfy the state-based registration and licensing requirements to practice. Licensing requires a four-year, degree-level university qualification and supervised field experience under a qualified surveyor for a period of between six to 12 months.

Google these Surveyors Registration bodies across Australia for more information

  • Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria
  • Australian Capital Territory Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of New South Wales
  • Surveyors Board of the Northern Territory
  • Surveyors Board of Queensland
  • Surveyors Board of South Australia
  • Surveyors Board of Tasmania
  • Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia

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Key Occupations

Surveying Technicians

Spatial Field Hands or Survey Hands



This industry is positioned in the following groups


Property Maintenance & Management

Work Type

Analytical & Scientific

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Career Pathways

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Oceania
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors