SSSI is a not-for-profit organisation, limited by guarantee. It was formed as a legally constituted body as a company under the rules and regulations of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in 2009.
The Institute is a strong advocate of high standards of corporate governance. As a result, SSSI is dedicated to adhering to the highest standards in regulating its own affairs and complying with relevant Commonwealth and state laws.

Guiding Documents

On joining the Institute, Members agree to comply with the SSSI Constitution, Code of Ethics and CPD Policy: 

Those Members assuming the role of Director on the SSSI Board agree to comply with the Code of Conduct: 

Those Members assuming the role of Member on any one of the Institute’s Management Committees agree to comply with the relevant Policies, Rules and Codes of Conduct: 

Governing Legislation

The activities of the Institute and the actions of the Directors, Committee Members, volunteers and all members are governed by the following legislation: 

Governance Model

The governance structure of SSSI provides for a Board of Directors.
The Board is responsible for the governance, strategic planning, fiduciary oversight and monitoring against the strategic plan.


Elections for SSSI Office Bearers are held annually, as follows: 

  • In odd-numbered years: NSW, WA, SA, Tasmania, ACT, Spatial Information & Cartography Commission, Hydrography Commission, and the Engineering & Mining Surveying Commission.
  • In even-numbered years: QLD, Victoria, NT, Land Surveying Commission, Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Commission, and the Young Professionals. 

Elections are only held if there is more than one nomination for one position at all levels of governance.
Once every two years the members of a Region will elect members of the Regional Committee and the Institute Commission Committee.