On the 27th April 2020, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME), implemented some significant and positive changes to the ‘Accreditation of Surveyors’ Procedure to promote excellence, quality and professionalism within the survey industry.
Accreditation is a means of DNRME recognising surveyors who demonstrate that they have appropriate procedures in place to ensure quality surveys, and that plans of a registrable standard are produced at least 95% of the time. In doing so, this ensures a low risk for the land registry and the cadastre.
When a survey plan is examined by DNRME, any errors are identified as either critical or non-critical, with critical requisition rates used as a gauge for accreditation. Critical errors are defined by DNRME as those which would:
- Prevent the action from proceeding (plan being registered)
- Have a major impact on the integrity of the Land Registry
- Have a significant impact on the integrity of the land boundary system.
Acceptable requisition rates have been lowered (tougher outcome) and accreditation status will now be reviewed twice yearly. DNRME expect that the changes surrounding accreditation will drive improvements in the profession and motivate surveyors to perform to the best of their abilities. For accredited surveyors or corporations such as Bennett + Bennett that lodge over 10 plans in a six-month period, the requirement from DNRME is that the critical requisition rate must be less than 5%. If this figure exceeds 6%, accreditation can be revoked.
Bennett + Bennett performance.
BBH PTY LTD (trading as Bennett and Bennett Group) has proudly held full accreditation with DNRME for 25 years since March 1995 and has strived to be an industry leader in cadastral surveying. As evidenced by the below critical requisition rates from 2013 – 2019, we have consistently maintained a very low requisition rate significantly below the 5% threshold and the state average each year, achieving an average of 1.5% during this time.