Victorian Region News - October 2020

October 27, 2020

Victoria Region Chair Report

Regional Committee Meeting

Since my last report and now the SSSI VIC committee has continued to meet on a bi-monthly basis using Zoom continuing our efforts to provide members with opportunities to learn and develop through the Nationally coordinated Webinar program.

National Webinar Program

The SSSI National webinar program continues to provide opportunities for members to be involved in a multitude of disciplines within the Surveying and Spatial industry. We would encourage you to look at the SSSI Events Calendar and book your place.

Stage 4 Restrictions

It will be no surprise to all SSSI members to know that Melbourne has been in lock down since July this year which has had an adverse effect on some members and their ability to work. The impact has been felt most by the Land Surveying profession with many survey firms having to work around stringent rules and guidelines.  These rules and guidelines have not been all together clear and the SSSI has been working closely with the Consulting Surveyors Victoria and Institution of Surveyors Victoria in seeking clarification from the government.  At the time of writing this message we will be eagerly awaiting the announcement from Government on what if any relaxations will be implemented.  The SSSI Vic Committee will continue to work with the CSV and ISV to ensure our members are provided with as much guidance as can be provided.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have agreed to join with SSSI and SIBA to run a FREE virtual event on the 18th and 19th of November 2020. The event is called – The  Victorian Spatial Showcase & eSummit. It will include presentations from the Surveying and Spatial community with the theme of Spatially Enabling Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Abstracts have been submitted and the program promises to be dynamic and informative with plenary sessions on both days, presentations on a variety of topics, 5 minute lightening presentations (which proved to be highly successful at last years Victorian Government Spatial Showcase, hosted by DELWP). Included in the excellent program will be a panel session each day. 

I would recommend that you visit the registration page to learn more and register yourself early.  While webinars are virtual and can cater for larger numbers than traditional venues, the number of delegates that can be hosted on webinars are not infinite and will be capped. Based on last years’ experience, the event was booked out within hours, so please register quickly to avoid disappointment.

Read more and register here.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Kind regards

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria

Condolence Message
Manuel Jones-Carrasco

The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Manuel Jones-Carrasco on the passing of their father. 

Manuel was a valued and respected member of SSSI and highly regarded by those who knew him. He was a dedicated surveyor, long serving member of SSSI and well-remembered by our SSSI Victorian members.

Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.



Leading Land Use Victoria

Clockwise from top left: Ian Ireson, former Chief Executive of LUV; Melissa Harris, Victorian Registrar of Titles and Acting Chief Executive; Rob Marsh, Acting Executive Director Strategic Land Assessments and Information and Richard Jefferson, Executive Director Land Registry Services. 

In early October, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning said farewell Ian Ireson, Chief Executive of Land Use Victoria, after 45 remarkable years in the Victorian public sector. From humble beginnings as a surveyor in 1975, Ian has been instrumental in the evolution of Land Use Victoria into the world class organisation it is today, providing all land, title and property services in Victoria. Ian is an exceptional leader, a wonderful mentor and a friend to many and we wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Melissa Harris is now the Victorian Registrar of Titles and Acting Chief Executive for the next few months. Richard Jefferson, Executive Director Land Registry Services, continues his outstanding leadership in the provision of land registry services while Rob Marsh becomes the Acting Executive Director Strategic Land Assessments and Information, taking care of surveying, valuations, spatial and government land services.

Together we will achieve a smooth transition and we look forward to continuing to provide exemplary land administration services to our industry partners and community going forward.



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