Victorian Region News - April 2021

April 11, 2021
Victoria Region Chair Report

Chair: Andrej Mocicka

SSSI Victoria was pleased to host face-to-face events and be able to connect with colleagues in person once again. The first event held this year was the International Women’s Day on 4 March. Being the first in-person event in the year, we were understandably excited to be able to welcome colleagues and friends as they arrived. We were privileged to have 3 engaging and inspiring speakers – Amanda Green (Chief People Officer, Movember), Iris Stewart (GM, Victoria and NZ, Cardno) and Professor Allison Kealy (RMIT) who spoke about their career paths, and shared anecdotes which many in the audience could relate to and smile at. The morning session concluded with a Q&A panel and then networking. We sincerely thank our speakers who agreed to spend the morning with us. I hope the morning was as enjoyable for those who attended as it was for me. 

We are grateful to our generous sponsors for this event: Geoplex (Major Sponsor), FrontierSI and 1Spatial (Supporters) and GHD (Table Sponsor). Thank you.

APSEA Victoria 2020

APSEA Victoria 2020 was held on 18 March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We were proud to congratulate the worthy recipients of the Victorian awards as well as all nominees. Congratulations to the Victorian winners:

  • Professional of the Year Award - Dr Roger Fraser  
  • Young Professional of the Year Award - Zoltan Kelly  
  • Women's Leadership Award - Melissa Harris
  • Educational Development Award - Mark Shortis
  • Postgraduate Student Award - Antara Dasgupta    
  • Award for Environment and Sustainability - CSIRO’s Data61 and DELWP’s Forest Fire and Regions and Local Infrastructure Groups    
  • Award for Innovation and Commercialisation - Melbourne Water and Deakin University    
  • Award for People and Community - Geographic Names Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 
  • Award for Spatial Enablement - Melbourne Water and FrontierSI  
  • Award for Technical Excellence - Veris AECOM MTM    

Victorian winners went on to be the finalists of the Oceanic awards. You may have already received the SSSI announcement of the winners of the Oceanic winners. If you missed it, you can find out who the regional and Oceanic winners here. I would like to congratulate our Victorian winners:

  • Women's Leadership Award - Melissa Harris, Registrar of Titles & A/Chief Executive Land Use Victoria, DELWP
  • Postgraduate Student of the Year (joint winner) - Antara Dasgupta - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Osnabrueck.
  • Environment and Sustainability - Port Phillip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment (CSIRO’s Data61 and DELWP’s Forest Fire and Regions and Local Infrastructure Groups

Congratulations! Well done to all the winners and nominees.


As part of the Locate 21 Hybrid program there was a face to face (F2F) event at the Crown Casino Convention Centre where there were over 80 registrants for the two days where delegates could catch up and be a part of some great presentations in Melbourne as well as see presentations from all over the country and overseas.

Special thanks must go to the Locate organizing committee for putting together what was a very ambitious event and one that covered all possible scenarios. As it turned out, with the lockdown in Brisbane at the start of the event, the hybrid nature of the event came to the fore and resulted in Locate21 being able to continue as planned.

I would also like to thank the volunteers in Melbourne for their efforts on-site, in particular, Melissa Green, Tapaleena Bhattacharjee (Topo) and Su Ling Meimaris.

On some of the activities of the committee:

Late last year, we contacted the chairs of the ISV (Antony Wyatt), CSV(Leo Bateman), SIBA/GITA (Jacinta Burns) and STF (George Havakis) to form  the Cadastral Surveying Education Subcommittee under the STF.  The subcommittee is currently working with RMIT (Matt Duckham) and have set up the RMIT Cadastral Surveying Working Group.  Members should have received a communique explaining what has been happening at the RMIT and what the working group will be doing. We are excited to be working closely with the RMIT. 

The Cadastral Surveying Education Subcommittee will also be looking to work with other educational institutions.

CSV, ISV, SIBA/GITA and SSSI have also formed an Advocacy Group for the Surveying and Spatial industry to ensure that all parties are working together to advocate effectively and efficiently to state, federal and local government, education and any other business or organisation that require input from the Surveying and Spatial profession.

If you would like to get in touch with me, I can be reached on

Kind regards

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria

Job Seekers - March 2021

New graduates are seeking employment. Please view the summaries and contact information provided by job seekers here.  [contact details removed]

  • Kevin Yang
  • Nam Hoang
  • Owen Ooi Zheng Wen
  • Samuel Kenny

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