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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Identify type of service requests.
  2. Conduct subdivision survey.
  3. Develop detailed design submission for local government approval.
  4. Monitor approval process.
  5. Advise client of outcomes.

Range Statement

This section specifies work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below.

Appropriate persons must include at least two of the following:





local government representative


registered or qualified surveyor

statutory authority representative

town planner.

Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions of this unit. The person must also develop a subdivision survey design for local government approval in response to two different client requests.

While developing the above subdivision survey designs, the person must:

analyse existing plans, drawings, surveying data and photographs to plan service provision

conduct research to obtain information relating to planned subdivisions, including:

boundary dimensions


land title information

local government provisions and restrictions relating to subdivision, zoning, heritage and flooding


subdivision plan

title search

topographic features

accurately measure and calculate boundary dimensions and mark subdivision lots

use industry-accepted methods to check and validate measurements and calculations

analyse and comply with land and planning law and local government guidelines for building approvals

communicate clearly with appropriate persons in writing and verbally, to obtain information, clarify service and survey detail, and explain and report submission processes and outcomes

comply with organisational requirements relating to:

completing records and documentation, including field notes

prioritising service requests

recording, storing and filing surveying data

using surveying equipment

working safely and using personal protective equipment (PPE)

comply with relevant legal and statutory requirements and standards to ensure accuracy of survey, field procedures, and submission information

determine availability of existing services and costs of supply

determine survey controls, land dimensions and corners, and locate features, boundaries, surrounds, connections and offsets

identify physical constraints and environmental impacts of planned developments, including those relating to three of the following:



public reserves

sediment control

sewerage control

monitor local government approval process, including observing advertising and exhibition requirements

perform surveying tasks using one of the following surveying equipment:

global navigation satellite system (GNSS)

total station

prepare clear and concise subdivision survey design submission, with plans that comply with local government approval assessment criteria

use surveying data and other relevant information to produce plans, including contours.

Knowledge Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must demonstrate knowledge of:

accuracy and precision requirements for cadastral surveying data and subdivision survey design

aspects of land and planning law impacting on surveying tasks, including:

common law and old system title

community title

crown land, alienation and native title

environmental protection

residential subdivision provisions

set-back requirements

strata title

Torrens title system

data capture and set-out methodologies used in surveying

data reduction techniques

industry-accepted methods for validating data to identify errors and discrepancies

industry-accepted standards relating to subdivision survey design

land tenure systems appropriate to relevant jurisdiction

legislative, statutory and industry requirements and standards relating to:

cadastral surveying

local government building requirements

methods for determining availability of existing services and costs of supply

methods for setting up and calibrating surveying equipment

organisational policies and procedures relating to:

completing records and documentation

health and safety when using the surveying equipment specified in the performance evidence

prioritising service requests

recording, storing and filing data

possible community issues and repercussions relating to building permits

reference and coordinate systems for surveying data, including Australian Height Datum and Map Grid of Australia

local government approval and submission processes relating to subdivision survey design

road alignment design and associated computations.