President’s Desk

Each month the President of ISNSW, Michael Green, addresses the considerations and concerns of the Institution's members and the surveying industry alike. 

A letter arrived on 23 May from Australian Registry Investments (ARI) introducing themselves as the operator of the land titling and registry functions of Land and Property Information (LPI).  They are currently involved in transitional arrangements with the NSW government leading to the time when ARI will assume operational control in the coming months.  Responsibility for LPI business remains with the government until completion of the transaction.  ARI acknowledges the concerns of ISNSW members and has committed to a meeting with the Institution when ARI commences operation of the business.

May was a busy month with respect to the number of meetings held by regional groups of the Institution throughout NSW.  However, organisers should consider the dates of other relevant meetings when planning their own event.  Having said that, I am sure that members not only appreciate the effort that is put into the organisation of meetings but also the quality of presenters.  Members should be aware that there is a website that contains details of CPD events that are notified to the 5 CPD ratifying bodies which includes ISNSW.  Members are reminded to take their membership cards to meetings.

The Maths in Surveying field day held on Friday 26 May at Bicentennial Park was attended by about 70 school students and a willing assortment of surveyors and teachers.  At the moment, the August and October field days are booked out proving that this event is well accepted by the school community.  Our thanks go to Ian Iredale and his band of helpers who coordinate and run these field days.  While on the subject, Ian would appreciate assistance on the organising committee.  Contact the Institution office if you wish to be involved in the Maths Days at any level.

A meeting of the CPD committee was held on Saturday 27 May to review and discuss the current CPD policy and issues that arise from time to time.  To streamline assessments, there is a need for additional CPD assessors and if this is something that you could do, please contact the ISNSW office.

TAFE is searching for part-time teachers from the surveying and related professions.  The shortage of teaching staff is threatening the ability of TAFE to offer all of its courses.  If you wish to make further enquiries please contact Paul Swan on 9217-5161 during business hours.

A Newsletter recently went out by email to all members calling for nominations for the position of President-elect 2017-2019.  The successful candidate will be president for a term commencing October 2019.  A nomination form was also included in the May 2017 Azimuth.

The first engineering surveyor candidate to be assessed through the ISNSW accreditation process has been interviewed by a panel at the Institution office.  The assessment will be further discussed at the next Surveying Practice and Legislative committee.  As mentioned in last month’s Azimuth we need a range of assessors to be involved in the panels and would appreciate it if interested members could contact the ISNSW office.

At the Christchurch FIG Working Week the concept of a consortium of Australasian surveying bodies was discussed.    For the time being the consortium is called the Australasian Surveying Alliance (ASA) and the proposed foundation members will include ISNSW as well as the Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW, the Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria, Consulting Surveyors National, the Institution of Surveyors Victoria, the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, the Queensland Spatial and Surveying Association and the West Australian Institution of Surveyors.  There is still much to be explored and members will be updated as time goes on.

A Survey & Mapping Industry Council of NSW (SMIC) meeting was held on Friday 12 May.  The May 2017 SMIC News has been released containing reports from the meeting and other information for your benefit.  It includes the news that the Federal Government has recently advised of changes to 457 visas and the occupations list.   ACS NSW has advised that it is reasonably confident that surveying will remain on the list but it is expected surveying technician will be removed.  The final decision on list should be known at end of June 2017.

Expressions of interest have been called for entries into the EISSI 2017 Awards night which will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on Saturday 16 September.  It was stunning to see the variety of submissions entered last year and I keep thinking that many survey firms are hiding their talents by not submitting projects from their practices.

Dates to remember:
Friday 23 June – Southern Group Meeting Sutton Forest
Fridays 11 August and 20 October - Maths in Surveying Days
Friday 25 August – Cumberland Group Land Development Seminar
Saturday 16 September – EISSI Awards night.

Jusqu'au mois prochain (With thanks to Google Translate)


Michael Green, BSurv MEngSc DipEd MIS
Meritorious Surveyor
President ISNSW

June 2017

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