Surveyor – ANZSCO 232212
Surveyors plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine, delineate, plan, and precisely position tracts of land, natural and constructed features, coastlines, marine floors and underground works, and manages related information systems. Registration or licensing may be required.
- Skill Level
- Cadastral Surveyor
- Engineering Surveyor
- Geodetic Surveyor
- Hydrographic Surveyor
- Mine Surveyor
- Photogrammetric Surveyor
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Surveyor is Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- It should be noted that depending on your qualifications the skills assessment conducted by SSSI will vary.
- If you have studied in Australia:
- You must have completed an approved surveying course of at least 4 years full time study at an Australian university
- If you have studied overseas:
- You must have completed an equivalent qualification to studying surveying of at least 4 years full time at an Australian university
- If you hold hydrography related qualifications and skills:
- The qualifications are assessed by the Australasian Hydrographic Surveyors Certification Panel
- A competent English level i.e. IELTS 6.0 or comparable
- SSSI will assess the following:
- Professional experience
- Any contributions made to the surveying profession
- Continuing Professional Experience undertaken in the last two years
- Evidence of licenses or registration held in surveying or professional society membership
- Two professional written references
- If you have studied in Australia:
Did you know?
When the SSSI undertakes the skills assessment, it takes into consideration your contributions to the profession and continuing professional development. It is important to include this information in your application. Some examples include:
- Recipient of professional awards
- Guest lecturing
- Volunteer work
- Membership of professional societies
- Attending conferences and seminars
- Undertaking further education
Potential Visa Pathways for Surveyors
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Medium
Group: 2322 Surveyors and Spatial Scientists
- Plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine and delineate boundaries and features of tracts of land, marine floors and underground works, prepare and revise maps, charts and other geographic products, and analyse, present and maintain geographical information about locations in space and time.
- 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 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
- Evaluating, compiling and maintaining spatial information using a range of digital and graphical source materials, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, historical data, reports and statistics
- Analysing and interpreting data to design maps, graphs, plans, drawings and three-dimensional models using geographic information and related systems
- Developing and trialling new applications for use in geographic information systems
- Supervising and coordinating the work of Surveying or Spatial Science Technicians in the production and reproduction of geographic products
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing may be required.
- Occupations in this Group
- 232212 Surveyor
- 232213 Cartographer
- 232214 Other Spatial Scientist
How to calculate your points (skilled visas)
To apply for a skilled visa, you need to know how many points you can score. The minimum score to be eligible for application is 65 points. However, depending on your occupation, the competitiveness, and the states you are applying to, you might need to score more points to get an invite.
Points will be given to you based on the following:
- Educational Qualifications
- Points for Professional Year
- Points for NAATI- Credentialled Community Language
- Points for 2 Year Study
- Points for English
- Points for Regional Study
- Points for Work Experience
- Points for Specialist Educational Qualifications (STEM)
- Points for Partner
Click here to calculate your points.
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
|New South Wales||
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 18-month visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
Study Pathways to Surveyor
Surveyors plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine, delineate, plan and precisely position tracts of land, natural and constructed features, coastlines, marine floors and underground works, and manage related information systems. To become a Surveyor, you usually need a bachelor degree in surveying or spatial science or another related field. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
Bachelor in Surveying and Spatial Science
- Duration: 4 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $141,120 AUD
- Specific academic entry requirements apply to the qualifications obtained in your home country
- English proficiency requirement – IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
- It is recommended that you have previous studies in Physics
- Graduate Certificate in Geo-Spatial Health
- Master of Spatial Science Technology
- Bachelor of Civil Engineering