Cadastral Standards Background Information

​​​​Many books, articles, guidelines and memoranda have been written over the years that are useful in understanding the history, purpose and manner in which land ownership and the definition of property boundaries in Tasmania have developed.

Some of these papers can be found in journals or on the internet, and some as information (such as circular memoranda) provided to surveyors by the Land Titles Office and the Office of the Surveyor General. Others, however, remain with their authors and recipients at the time of publication and are not readily available to later generations.

The background and historical information available through this website is a sample of some of the information that may be made be available to the surveying profession, for the benefit of cadastral surveying in Tasmania and the maintenance of the cadastre for current and future generations. New papers and links are added as and when they are identified.

  Legal Precedents in Cadastral Boundary Reinstatement   (476Kb)

  Highways in Tasmania   (122Kb)

  Natural boundaries   (135Kb)

  Legislative impacts on plans of surveys 2011   (223Kb)

  Early land dealings in Tasmania from settlement to 1827   (89Kb)

  Void grants and located land   (45Kb)


  Using RTK GNSS in Cadastral Surveys (Tasmania)  ​ (84Kb)​​​​​

  OSG Circular 2016-3 Coordination of Surveys of Land - Update   (64Kb)​

  Property boundary survey plans held by Land Tasmania   (104Kb)​


Useful Links:

Standard for the Australian Survey Control Network Special Publication 1 - SP1

Version 2.1 of SP1 and the associated guidelines ​completes the transition from CLASS and ORDER to UNCERTAINTY as the basis of evaluating and expressing the quality of measurements and positions in Australia's survey control mark network. 

The Guideline for Adjustment and Evaluation of Survey Control outlines ICSM’s recommended procedures for using least squares to estimate and evaluate the position and uncertainty of survey control marks, to evaluate measurement uncertainty, and to evaluate network reliability.  It includes examples. 

The Guideline for Control Surveys by GNSS​ contains recommendations and guidance on RTK and Network RTK surveys and an example of how to evaluate RTK survey quality using coordinate comparison.  

Tidal Interface Compendium of Terms

The ICSM Tidal Interface Working Group ​has attempted to identify terms used in a legal context in jurisdicitons and relate them various tidal definitions that make up the tidal interface.

​​National Geodetic Survey (USA) - User Guidelines for Classical Real-time GNSS Positioning

Survey Principles and Case Law Rulings (South Australia)






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