Surveyor’s Pathway To Australia - Office of Immigration Australia

Surveyor’s Pathway To Australia

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Surveyors continue to be in demand in Australia, and can apply for visas allowing migration under the general skilled program.

In common with all general skilled visa applications surveyors must secure a positive migration skills assessment before they can progress a skilled visa application with the Department of Immigration.

Introducing ANZSCO

ANZSCO is the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. It’s a skills-based classification system used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour market.

Here’s why ANZSCO is critical to your immigration – ANZSCO publish the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).


What is the MLTSSL?

The MLTSSL is the list of occupations where there is a shortage of professionals in Australia to fill all the gaps in the job market. Seeing as these occupations are important for Australia’s to do well as a country, the government has approved hiring talent from overseas.

In other words –  if your occupation appears on the MLTSSL, you are in a good position to immigrate to Australia.

Here’s the good news

Surveyors are on the MLTSSL which you discovered in the eligibility assessment and if you scored 65 points or more you can likely take the next steps!

Experience is key...

Surveyors are an occupation at Skill Level 1, which means a level of skill equal to a bachelor degree or higher qualification.

At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


When applying for emigration as a surveyor, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:

  • Designing and compiling map manuscripts using digital and graphical source material, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, reports and statistics.
  • Advising Surveyors and other professionals on the data requirements for map production, and on the aesthetic, technical and economic considerations of scales, details to be illustrated, place names and reproduction techniques.
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of cartographic technicians in the production and reproduction of maps.
  • Determining the position of points of interest on the earth’s surface including marine floors, and preparing the final product data in digital form.
  • Supervising the preparation of plans, maps, charts and drawings to give pictorial representations and managing automated spatial information systems.
  • Undertaking research and development of surveying and photogrammetric measurement systems, cadastral systems and land information systems.
  • Planning and designing land subdivision projects and negotiating details with local governments and other authorities.
  • Advising Architects, Engineering Professionals, environmental and other scientists or other relevant professionals on the technical requirements of surveying, mapping and spatial information systems.
  • Compiling and evaluating data, interpreting codes of practice, and writing reports concerning survey measurement, land use and tenure.
  • Preparing site plans and survey reports required for conveyancing and land ownership matters.
Skills assessment

SURVEYING & SPATIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTE (SSSI)  is the authorised assessing authority to assess qualifications and skills for the purpose of migration to Australia under the general skilled migration categories for the occupation of Surveyor ANZSCO 232212 ONLY (i.e. applicants must hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree).

Other areas of what is termed “Surveying” in other countries, such as Quantity Surveying, Valuation or General Practice Surveying, and Building Surveying are assessed by other bodies. Applications for (Surveying and Cartographic Associate) should be directed to VETASSESS for assessment.

The Assessment

The assessment is based upon the information provided to the Institute, and AEI-NOOSR’s Country Educational Profiles to determine the equivalence of overseas courses as well as an examination of the experience gained by the applicant and responsibilities of the applicant in carrying out their work.

Application for Assessment

Applicants should download and read the following policy and information document BEFORE downloading the application form:

Information for Assessment of Professional Qualifications 

Processing of Applications for Assessment

Applicants for assessment of overseas qualifications must download and complete the following application form:

Application for Assessment of Professional Qualifications

The processing of an assessment will be completed generally within 1 month from receipt of the application. If additional information is required then it may take longer.

A letter will be sent to the applicant informing them, based upon the information provided to the Institute with the application form, whether they would be eligible for migration under nominated skilled occupation of ANZSCO Surveyor 232212.

Please note that this assessment is solely for your application to immigrate to Australia and does not guarantee your employment.  You should also understand that there are different types of surveyors within Australia.  To work in mines or to work as a land surveyor establishing or re-establishing land boundaries you will require registration with an Australian Board of Surveyors.  The governments of each  Australian State and Territory have their own Surveyor Registration Boards and you may have to apply to one of those Boards to seek registration.  To be registered with a State or Territory Registration Board you will be required to again have your overseas qualification assessed by an independent organisation.  You should be aware that you may have to undertake further study and training to gain registration with a State or Territory Surveyor Registration Board.

How to Apply for your Skills Assessment

• You may obtain further information on how to apply for your ‘Skills Assessment’ via simply clicking on the blue links located on ‘page 8 and 9’ of the APPLICATION GUIDE’ (located in Step 4).