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Cadastral Surveying

Cadastral survey practice in South Australia is regulated by a four tiered structure, the components being:

Plan Presentation Guidelines (PPG) (v10.0 - 24 August 2020) detail the Registrar-General's plan requirements.

Survey Mark Database

The Surveyor-General's Survey Operations Unit maintains the State's survey mark database (SDB).  The SDB contains information relating to survey mark and survey plan details and can be accessed using the survey mark search and report print function of the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA).

For more information on the Survey Mark Database refer to the Geodetic Surveying section of this website.

Downloads

Descriptions of the codes (PDF, 236 KB) shown on the survey mark and plan detail reports.

Certified Survey Plan Checklist

Notice of the Surveyor-General (No 5) - Survey Reports requires licensed surveyors to provide a survey report, including a certified survey plan checklist, at lodgement, for all certified surveys lodged with Land Services SA.

Downloads

Certified Survey Plan Checklist (PDF, 282 KB) - 24 August 2020

Land Services SA provide free access to download the PCplans applications widely used by surveyors to check mathematical polygon closures and compare plan data against the published MGA2020 coordinates of permanent survey marks.

Provision of Permanent Survey Mark Coordinates

Notice of the Surveyor-General (No 4) - Placing Permanent Survey Marks and Provision of Information for Permanent Survey Marks requires licensed surveyors to provide MGA2020 coordinates of permanent survey marks (PSMs) to the Surveyor-General.  Coordinates of survey marks can also be provided on a voluntary basis for projects that do not require the mandatory provision of coordinates (refer to the Geodetic Surveying section of this website).

Downloads

Use the Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculator (XLS, 26 KB) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM coordination.

Provision of permanent survey mark coordinates   (XLSX, 70 KB)template. An example of the input values required can be found on the second sheet of the workbook at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Complete this form to provide the Surveyor-General with coordinates for permanent survey marks.

Differences to published coordinates of Permanent Survey Marks

Surveyors finding differences to the published coordinates of permanent survey marks on surveys lodged with Land Services SA must report the discrepancies to the Surveyor-General and provide an updated coordinated for the mark.

PSMs with a Type B Positional Uncertainty (PU) attribute Reactive Soil Area shown on the SAPPA survey mark detail report do not require re-coordination.  Refer to the Downloads section below for a Map of Reactive Soil Areas.

Downloads

Type B PU Reactive Soil Area (JPG, 617 KB) map

Use the Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculator (XLS, 26 KB) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM re-coordination.

Provision of permanent survey mark coordinates   (XLSX, 70 KB)template.  An example of the input values required can be found on the second sheet of the workbook at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Complete this form to notify the Surveyor-General of an error in permanent survey mark coordinates and provide the new coordinates.

Notification of final marking of division of land into more than 5 allotments

Surveyors carrying out a cadastral survey for a division of land into more than five allotments, must as soon as practicable but not later than 30 days after completion of works for the provision of roads, drains or other services in association with the division of land, place all associated survey pegs and permanent survey marks as required by the Surveyor-General.

Downloads

Use the Combined Scale Factor (CSF) calculator (XLS, 26 KB) to calculate the CSF to convert ground distances to MGA2020 grid distances for PSM coordination.

Provision of permanent survey mark coordinates   (XLSX, 70 KB)template An example of the input values required can be found on the second sheet of the workbook at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Complete this form to notify the Surveyor-General of final marking of these subdivisions and provide the Surveyor-General with coordinates of the permanent survey marks.

Designated Survey Areas (DSAs)

The extent of current DSAs can be viewed on the Designated Survey Area layer of the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA).

Superseded DSAs

Maps showing the extent of the superseded Designated Survey Areas (DSAs) are listed below in numerical order with their date of operation:

DSA 003 Superseded Victor Harbor - 29 September 1993 (JPG, 106 KB)

DSA 005 Superseded Waikerie  - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 84 KB)

DSA 006 Superseded Barmera-Berri - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 97 KB)

DSA 007 Superseded Lyrup - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 86 KB) and 1 July 1997 (JPG, 84 KB)

DSA 008 Superseded Renmark - 15 March 1990 (JPG, 133 KB)

DSA 012 Superseded Mt Gambier - 1 March 1991 (JPG, 89 KB)

DSA 014 Superseded Roxby Downs - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 83 KB)

DSA 015 Superseded Port Pirie - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 104 KB)

DSA 017 Superseded Nuriootpa - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 112 KB)

DSA 020 Superseded Meningie - 1 July 1993 (PDF, 26 KB)

DSA 021 Superseded Craigmore - 1 July 1993 (JPG, 73 KB)

DSA 065 Superseded Mt Barker - 1 April 1997 (PDF, 72 KB)

DSA 088 Superseded Mt Compass - 1 June 1998 (JPG, 104 KB)

DSA 091 Superseded Coffin Bay - 1 June 1998 (JPG, 61 KB)

DSA 100 Superseded Port Lincoln - 1 September 1999 (PDF, 85 KB)

DSA 114 Superseded Clare - 1 February 2001 (PDF, 53 KB)

Survey Searching Guide

The Survey Searching Guide (PDF, 910 KB) provides surveyors and searchers with a brief description of various sources of land survey information in South Australia and details about the location of original records.

EDM Calibration software

Cadastral Reform and Innovation for Australia

Cadastre 2034, the National Strategy for Cadastral Reform and Innovation for Australia has been published by the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) to promote an organised and consistent approach to managing the changing cadastral systems within Australia.

Download Cadastre 2034