SSSI VIC News - September 2018

August 30, 2018

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Victoria as at September 2018.



Lindsay Perry

On behalf of your Regional Committee, I can report that they have been spending a considerable amount of time planning and arranging a varied program for the Annual Surveying and Spatial Summit on Friday October 5th. The theme of the Summit is Victorians Delivering the Future and registrations are now open.

Whether you are a Student, Young Professional, PTA Candidate or a Surveying or Spatial Practitioner, there will be something in the diverse program to suit you.

The packed full-day program starts with a Women in Spatial Networking breakfast where males are just as welcome as females. There will also be many opportunities for networking with your fellow professionals and peers throughout the day.

A diversity of topic presentations include
  • Amendment VC148- a major re-write of the Victorian Planning Provisions which has just been released. We are fortunate to have one of the team leaders who worked on the review, presenting on the changes to the planning scheme formats.
  • PSMA has recently launched Release 8 of Geoscape– 3D data on Australia’s built environment which also contains some additional Victorian Towns. Geoscape aims to eventually capture extensive 3D data of every building in Australia with a roof area greater than 9m2.  Geoscape also has linkages to other PSMA datasets including G-NAF and CadLite. Release 8 contains some additional Victorian towns
  • Launch of the PTA  Resources Portal which is designed specifically to  assist PTA candidates undergoing Professional Training Agreements to access resources to provide the background knowledge required to assist them in their training agreements and beyond.
Other presentations include:
  • Digital Earth Australia: Delivering value to Australia Industry
  • Self-healing maps - extracting patterns to inform data cleaning
  • Real-time information extraction from CCTV images for intelligent transport management
  • Facilitating the smarter delivery of the iconic Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project
  • Recap on issues surrounding Section 24 and Section 35 Plans
  • FOSS4G and State of the Map Oceania Conference
  • Career Development in the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Industry
Victoria State Election
With a State Election coming up in November, the Opposition as part of their planning policy proposes to re-introduce a two dwelling limit on lots in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, reduce building heights in parts of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, reintroduce the 9m discretionary height limit in the General Residential Zone and review the Garden Areas rules, within the first 100 days, should they be elected. 
These changes are proposed on the basis that forced densification should not be imposed in suburbs where residents are implacably opposed (which also happen to be blue ribbon liberal seats). This has raised the issue that perhaps an independent planning authority or commission providing expertise and at arm’s length from Government, might be the best option to act in the best interest of all Victorians.



Events Coming Up 


October 2018

Fri 5 - Surveying and Spatial Summit 2018 - click here

November 2018

Fri 16 - Remote Measurement Day at Boxhill Oval 


Important REGIONAL News 


Victoria Regional Committee Election
This year is also an election year for the Victorian Regional Committee. Please consider involving yourself in the activities of SSSI, whether it be participating on a Commission sub-committee or Special Interest Group to get an understanding of how SSSI functions or consider joining the Victorian Regional Committee. SSSI is an organisation that operates by its members for its members.
Please contact our Regional Operations Manager Su Ling at should you require further information on how to get involved.



Important INdustry News 


Important Industry News - click here

  • Treasurer Announces Private Operator for Land Registry
  • DELWP Planning Reforms
  • Legislation
  • Land Use Victoria Customer Bulletin


ASIA-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award VIctoria (APSEA-VIC) 

Wednesday 5 December


ROM Report

This year the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Victoria attracted many outstanding nominations in both the Individual and Industry awards across the various categories. To allow more time for nominations within each category, the decision was made to postpone the prestigious Awards ceremony until Wednesday 5 December. Nominations will remain open until Thursday 1 November. 

More information on the APSEA Awards and categories can be found here.

To nominate for an Award, click here.  Follow the easy steps to first register as a nominator and proceed through the guided process to submit your nominations. 

This year's Awards ceremony and dinner will be held at the stunning Myer Mural Hall. Enjoy the evening with colleagues and friends to support and congratulate the nominees and winners of the awards. Register to attend the Awards dinner.

Please contact our Regional Operations Manager Su Ling Meimaris at if you require further information about APSEA Victoria.  



SSSI Victoria Representatives


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