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Case 3 Summary

To protect the public and the integrity of the cadastre BOSSI continues to prosecute unregistered surveyors for performing land or mining surveys.

In August 2018, BOSSI was successful in prosecuting an unregistered surveyor for preparing a land survey that was provided to a client.

The defendant made representations to the Magistrate that they were not aware that they could not undertake such survey work and expressed their regret and apologies for doing so.

The Magistrate proceeded to explain to the defendant the seriousness of the offence and the ramifications that may flow in relation to insurance, errors in the plan and the position of neighbours in respect of an incorrectly identified boundary.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the offence and requested that the matter be dealt with immediately. The Magistrate found the defendant guilty and then gave the benefit of the provisions of S.10 whereby no conviction was entered and was placed on a good behaviour bond for a period of 12 months. No costs were awarded.

BOSSI has published the document ‘What is a land survey’ on its website to provide a uniform understanding of the definition of a land survey to the public, surveyors and allied professions.

Registered Surveyors are reminded that they must comply with the BOSSI determinations on General and Immediate Supervision – failure to comply could result in a finding of professional incompetence &/or professional misconduct under the Act.

De-identified copy of the land survey provided to a client 


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