Victorian Region News - December 2020

December 11, 2020

Victoria Region Chair Report


It was with great pleasure that I took over the chair for the SSSI Victorian Region at the committee meeting on the 1st October 2019 and it was an honor that the committee re-appointed me as the Chair for the 2021 year. It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year of change on all levels, personal, professional and in the work place.

I would like to thank the committee for working hard behind the scenes to provide services to the members. The year started out as expected with the Summer Seminar hosted by SSSI in conjunction with ISV with over 200 delegates, making it a very well-attended event. This was followed up by the Women in Spatial breakfast and the Hydrographic Surveyors seminar early in 2020.  This was the last of the face-to-face events and with COVID-19, all our efforts switched to online.

These activities have been reported on throughout the year and a wrap up of the year can be obtained from the Annual Report that you can read by following this link here.

The 2021 Victorian Regional Committee consists of the following people:

Andrej Mocicka Chair, VIC Region
Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse SSSI Secretary-General, Regional General Rep
Chris Bellman Chair, RSPC
Frazer Wilson Chair, YP
Geoff Patterson General Rep
Heath McMahon General Rep
Jagannath Aryal General Rep
Jonathan Briere Chair, SICC
Lindsay Perry Chair, LSC
Melinda Borg General Rep, D&I 
Melissa Green Student Rep
Noor Raziq General Rep
Richard Syme  General Rep
Sam Griffiths General Rep, EMSC
Tapaleena Bhattacharjee General Rep


The committee worked on a number of initiatives through the second half of 2020. These include:

  1. VYP Life after Uni 30 June
  2. VYP Map Room Tour 30 June
  3. VLSC Major Transport Project Facilitation Act Part I 18 June
  4. Vicmap and Data 16 July
  5. VLSC Major Transport Project Part II Act 17 July
  6. VRC Open Meeting 23 July
  7. Victoria Naming Rules 2 September
  8. VLSC Committee Open Meeting 11 November
  9. Victorian Spatial Showcase & eSummit 18-19 Nov

The region's end of year event was held as a face-to-face event on Thursday 17 December at Imperial Hotel on Bourke Street Melbourne. 

If you would like to access the recordings of these past Victorian webinars as well as commission-focused and national webinars, you can find them on the SSSI eCPD webpage.  As Victorian events are being planned, we will notify you promptly, and certainly we hope to see you at the events, online or face-to-face. You can also view the list of events at any time on the SSSI events page.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, SSSI members, industry colleagues and sponsors who kept in touch and continued to support SSSI Victoria this year. As the year comes to a close, I wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and a happy new year.

Kind regards

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria


Annual Report

View the 2020 Surveying Task Force Annual report

Job Seekers - November 2020

New graduates are seeking employment.

[Contact details have been removed]

  • Joel Cecala
  • Kevin Lee
  • Joseph Liebhaber
  • Anthony McCrohan
  • Fatih Ozdemir 
  • Patrick Scott
  • Sammit Shrestha
  • Taylan Yemez

Victorian Planning Provisions-Amendment VC193 approved 21st October, 2020.

Changes the VPP’s and all planning schemes in Victoria by: amending Clause 52.18 (State of emergency exemption) enabling temporary planning scheme and permit condition exemptions that enable outdoor dining and facilitate the reopening and safe operation of restaurants and other food and drink businesses, without the need to obtain a planning permit or comply with other planning scheme requirements.

New Planning rules to support Victoria's big housing build

Amendments VC187 and VC190 to the Victoria Planning Provisions were gazetted on 1 December 2020 to streamline the planning process and support economic recovery to boost the total social housing supply by 10 per cent. A new Clause 53.20 provision has been added to streamline the planning process where there is an application to develop more than 10 dwellings; construct or extend an apartment development; or construct or extend a dwelling forming part of an apartment development.Another clause 53.20 provision has also been added to streamline the application process for housing projects on behalf of the Director of Housing.

Darebin Planning Scheme-Amendment C170 – Development Contributions Plan

The Amendment affects all land in the municipality and proposes to implement the Darebin Development Contributions Plan 2019 by introducing a new Schedule to the Development Contributions Plan Overlay and amending the Local Planning Policy Framework and relevant planning scheme maps.

The implementation of the Darebin Development Contributions Plan 2019 would introduce a levy on new development to help fund required infrastructure across Darebin. The levy would not apply to existing development and would only apply to new development that proposes to increase the number of dwellings and/or increase non-residential floor area.

The Amendment is currently out for exhibition, submissions closed 14 December 2020.

Land Use Victoria Customer Information Bulletins

Customer Information Bulletins (CIB) 207 and 208 are now available on-line at the following link: Customer Information Bulletin

Issue 207 contains information on the following:
  • New Registrar of Titles and acting Chief Executive, Land Victoria
  • Christmas and new year closure
  • Answering requisitions, stopped case notices and other correspondence
  • Model Participation Rules and Model Operating Requirements for electronic conveyancing transactions
Issue 208 contains information on the following:-
  • Christmas and New Year closure
  • New Land Use Victoria website coming soon
  • Melbourne Strategic Assessment program – enhancements to SPEAR
  • Updates and reminders from Registration Branch
  • Reminder: Requirements for signing and witnessing instruments lodged in an approved form
Stronger Clearer Planning Controls For The Surf Coast

The Victorian Government is seeking community feedback on stronger planning controls ensuring the iconic Surf Coast is permanently protected from overdevelopment and urban sprawl while improving the local environment.

Last year parts of the Surf Coast Shire and the City of Greater Geelong were declared a state significant Distinctive Area Landscape, recognising the environmental and cultural heritage attributes of the area combined with its ability to draw tourists.

A draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) for the Surf Coast declared area is now available for public feedback, which includes proposed settlement boundaries to protect the area’s valued coastal and rural hinterland areas and townships. Protected settlement boundaries are proposed for Torquay-Jan Juc, Bellbrae, Breamlea and Armstrong Creek to ensure the prized landscapes and environmental features are protected from inappropriate development and future growth is directed to preferred locations.

The proposed planning controls will also better protect the state and nationally significant landscapes found along the coast and surrounding Torquay-Jan Juc.

The draft SPP has been developed in collaboration with Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung, the Surf Coast Shire, the City of Greater Geelong, responsible public entities, other government agencies and the community. Public consultation on the draft Surf Coast SPP is open from now until Friday 22 January 2021.

Planning For Melbourne’s Green Wedges And Agricultural Land

DELWP is currently seeking feedback on the options contained in the consultation paper Planning for Melbourne's Green Wedges and Agricultural Land.

Comments can be made on various planning reform options that seek to deliver tightened planning controls for Melbourne’s agricultural land and guide decision-making in our green wedge areas to help keep farmland surrounding the city working and producing for generations to come.

For further information on the project, consultation program and to have your say, please visit Engage Victoria. Submissions must be lodged by 5.00 pm on Friday 5 February 2021.

The below message was sent by the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria to all licensed surveyors in Victoria on Friday 4 December. 

Dear Licensed Surveyors

The Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria (SRBV) resolved to review the licensing process for surveyors. This is one of the Board’s major projects for the 2020/2021 Financial Year.

The Board has produced a scoping document, this includes the reasons for the review and the intended outcomes.

The summary from the RFT states the project is to: “Assess SRBVs processes for licensing surveyors in Victoria against best practice in professional registration and regulation. Subsequently, identifying practical options for increasing efficiencies in moving graduates to professional qualification and making them available to support Victoria's Big Build and the resulting flow down of projects to the construction sector, without compromising competency.”

Michele McJames (nee Russo) LS has been appointed as the project manager to run the project. Michele, currently an examiner and a former member of SRBV, has an excellent working knowledge of the licensing process and will bring her knowledge and experience to the project team.

Michele’s first role has been to transform the Board’s scoping document into a procurement template to take to market. This part of the project is now completed and this email is notification of the issue of the RFT documents on Friday 4 December 2020.

The documents can be found at Display Tender T2001-0013 (

The closing date for the tender is Thursday 14 January 2021.

The Board has been in consultation with Consulting Surveyors Victoria (CSV), Institution of Surveyors Victoria (ISV) and Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI) Victorian Region to seek their views and support for this project. Each organisation has been requested to provide a representative to participate in the project advisory committee. Representatives from Better Regulation Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Board will guide the project team throughout the process. The acting Chief Executive Officer of Land Use Victoria, Melissa Harris, has agreed to Chair this committee.  

The review will include a limited stakeholder engagement, to ensure the cost of the review is within the budget of the Board. Licensed Surveyors will have to opportunity to contribute their views through their professional or industry bodies.

The report from the selected consulted will be expected to be delivered in the second half of 2021. The Board will consider the recommendations and consult with the profession on the steps to take following the review.

Project updates will be included in the Board’s Newsletter in 2021.

Best regards

Craig Sandy LS
Chair of SRBV

(This information was supplied by CSV.)

Sadly, we have recently been informed of the passing of surveyor John Williams of Beveridge Williams & Co. We were sent the below by Peter Toole, Director, Beveridge Williams for circulation to CSV Members.

John dedicated his professional life to the company that carries his name. John started his career as a young surveyor undertaking his articles with Noonan and Noonan but soon after joined with Ralph Beveridge in Ralph’s new practice, O’Connor and Beveridge. Ralph had partnered with civil engineer, Don O’Connor about a year earlier, in 1962, to establish the business with offices in Greensborough, Sunshine and Leongatha.

John became responsible for the Leongatha office almost immediately and managed that office until taking on the role of Survey Manager for the Melbourne office of O’Connor and Beveridge in about 1975.

In the early 1980’s, O’Connor and Beveridge became Beveridge Williams and Co. and John dedicated the next 30+ years, with his colleagues, to growing that business into the large, multi-discipline business that it is today. 

Other than family, John had two great passions in his life, being Beveridge Williams and sailing. John managed to keep a relatively quiet profile in public life but in Beveridge Williams and in his sailing life, John loomed large.  Those at Beveridge Williams that knew John well, describe him as being the steady foundation on which the company was built and that he will be fondly remembered for his acute clarity of thinking, financial acumen, enthusiasm for technology, moral compass, wisdom, quiet generosity, friendship and support. 

In John’s sailing life he was accomplished. A member of Sandringham Yacht Club for over 40 years, John competed at the highest level and won numerous sailing events and awards. John, and his lifelong sailing friend Graeme Ainley, partnered to bring their yacht Bacardi to 25 Sydney to Hobart races, winning their class in 1993 and placing a close second overall in 2006. It is a testimony to John’s strength of character, tenacity and love of sailing that, despite a failing body, John competed in the Australian Multi Hull Nationals at Airlie beach in 2017, winning the prestigious Boss Hog trophy for best epitomising outstanding sailing sportsmanship and the spirit of the regatta.   

We extend our deepest sympathies to John’s family and friends for their loss of John, and for their very recent loss of John’s wife, lifelong supporter and friend, Yvonne.

The service commemorating the lives of both John and Yvonne Williams was held by the family on the 24th November 2020. John was 79 years of age.


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