The annual Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards are divided into the following three categories.
The Sir Thomas Mitchell Award is the highest award for Surveying or Spatial Information conferred by The Institution of Surveyors NSW and The Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW.
The award is inspired by the achievements of the most well known Surveyor General of NSW, who was responsible for the placement of roads, bridges and towns, and led four expeditions of exploration and carried out most of the surveys of eastern Australia.
The New South Wales Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards acknowledge excellence by surveyors and spatial scientists in New South Wales. They raise awareness within the community as to the wide range of activities with which the surveying and spatial information profession is involved.
The New South Wales Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information judges confer individual awards, such as NSW Professional of the Year, NSW Young Professional of the Year, University Student Project of the Year , TAFE Student of the Year and Journalist of the Year Award. They aim to attract young people into our profession by promoting its diversity and the variety of career opportunities that are available. They honour individual achievers within the profession.