Co-op Associations

ISNSW recognises both the diversity of employment of its members and non members alike. In order to harness the opportunities this may offer to the profession, it maintains an open dialogue with both the private sector, through The Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW (ACS), and regionally based private sector surveyors through The Country Surveyors Association (CSA). The public sector is represented through the Association of Public Authority Surveyors, the NSW Staff Surveyors Association, and the Main Roads Surveyors Association. The mining sector is represented through the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS).

ISNSW has a working relationship with The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).


Association of Public Authority Surveyors


The Association of Public Authority Surveyors (APAS) was formed in 1994 to cater for needs of professionals in the surveying and spatial information industries working within State and Local Government and the Education Sector.

APAS has a primary focus on the professional development of its members by:

  • Circulating matters of interest to members,
  • Providing forums for discussion
  • and Providing educational opportunities in the form of an Annual Conference and seminars.

The APAS calendar includes two annual events:

  • March/April - APAS Annual Conference - generally held at a country location readily accessible from Sydney. The 21st Annual Conference will be held in Leura, NSW from 4th to 6th April 2016. All enquiries to Gavin Evans:
  • September/October/November - Government Surveyors Dinner/Seminar - this event was initiated almost 40 years ago by former Surveyor General, Noel Fletcher, and continues to this day.

Reports of previous APAS Conferences

Janssen V. (2014) Grape Expectations: APAS 2014 conference, Azimuth 53(4), 22-26
Janssen V. (2013) Capitalising on our position: APAS 2013 conference, Azimuth, 52(4), 20-23
Janssen V. (2012) From ports to portals: APAS 2012 conference, Azimuth, 51(4), 29-32

As a co-operating association of the Institution of Surveyors NSW, and involvement with the Board of Surveyors and Spatial Information, APAS has a significant voice in the wider Surveying and Spatial Information communities.

APAS supports Universities and TAFEs by providing annual prizes for students, and sponsoring student presentations at the annual conference in the belief that the advancement and encouragement of students both to join and participate in the profession is fundamental to the Association. 

The APAS Office Bearers for 2016/17 are:

Wayne Fenwick

Vice President
Thomas Grinter

Nigel Petersen

Michael London

Past President
Joel Haasdyk

Publications Officer
Dr Volker Janssen

Conference Manager
Jarad Cannings

ISNSW Representative
Vittorio Sussanna

Public Officer
Nigel Petersen

Gavin Evans
Peter Nilon

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