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eCPD - Land Surveying Webinar Series: Did you know? Part 3

Date & Time

Thursday, 21 Sep 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT

This is a recording of a webinar held on Monday 21 March 2022.

SSSI Victoria and the National Land Surveying Commission were pleased to present a four part webinar series entitled "Did you know?" Our fantastic speaker, John Parker, presented two interesting land surveying topics per session.

This series of talks will appeal to those who have an interest in survey related history and areas of survey that many surveyors may not have had the opportunity to be involved in. These are not technical presentations but topics of general interest with a survey and spatial information flavour.

Part 1 - Thursday 4 November 2021

How the Australian States came about | Issues with Victoria’s Borders
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Part 2 - Thursday 2 December 2021

How the metre was determined | French Discoveries along Victoria’s Southern coast
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Part 3 - Monday 21 March 2022

Australia’s role in land ownership systems in developing countries | Life and times of a Surveyor-General
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Part 4 - Thursday 28 April 2022

The Importance of Geographic Names | How Electoral boundaries are determined?
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Our speaker 

John Parker held the position of Surveyor-General of Victoria from 1989 to 1998 which also included being an electoral commissioner and having responsibility for naming of places. He has been an adviser on education and training, and research and development to three Universities and is considered a technical expert in cadastral and land tenure matters, spatial data, survey and mapping matters and the naming of geographic features and places.

John has provided consultancy services internationally in land administration including land tenure reform and online delivery, institutional management, quality management and toponymy to the World Bank, United Nations, USAID, in Laos, China, El Salvador and Governments including Greece, Colombia, Costa Rica and Hong Kong. International activities have included roles in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) for Asia, South East and Pacific South West Division

He has been involved in organising all or part of conferences/seminars on behalf of the International Federation of Surveyors in Australia, Argentina, United Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, South Korea, USA, China, Kenya and Mexico (also on behalf of the United Nations and the Permanent Committee on Spatial Data infrastructures for the Americas).

Prior to being Surveyor-General, he was Chief Surveyor of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. His initial 19 years of work was in a private firm of surveyors, engineers and town planners.

Part 3 Topics

Please see below for more detail on what John covered in this third part of the series, which took place on Global Surveyors' Day.

Australias role in land ownership systems in developing countries
Any country, but particularly developing countries, need a good land ownership register to support economic development. Did you know out of approximately 6 billion land parcels world wide only about 1.5 billion have rights registered in a land registration system. Many of the 1.1 billion slum dwellers and billions more living under social tenure systems wake up each morning to the threat of eviction.

This talk explains the role Australia is providing to developing countries and how its Torrens land registration system is recognised as one of the best in the world by the World Bank and the United Nations.

Life and times of a Surveyor General
As Surveyor General of Victoria for 9 years, gain an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the position, including being an Electoral Commissioner, chair of various statutory committees and surveying of state land. The experience of the Surveyor General role provided a range of opportunities that enabled work in many countries including El Salvador, Colombia, Greece, Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Laos. The talk will include a range of personal experiences that occurred in some of these countries.


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This event is worth 1 SSSI CPD Point.

BOSSI:  1 Survey Practice Point (SSSINSW2012) for those who watch live OR those who watch the recording and achieve an 80% passmark on a questionnaire (if available).  0.5 Survey Practice point for those who watch the recording only.

Note, only the individual registered for the event is entitled to receive the associated CPD points.


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