Migrate to Australia as a Surveyor

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Surveyor Skills Assessment

  • Are you a qualified surveyor?
  • Under the age of 45?
  • Fluent in English?
  • In good health?


Then living and working in Australia could be an option for you! Continue reading to find out:


  • How to emigrate to Australia as a surveyor.
  • The requirements to meet.
  • The immigration process to follow.


Introducing ANZSCO

ANZSCO is the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. It’s a skills-based classification system used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour market.


Here’s why ANZSCO is critical to your immigration – ANZSCO publish the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).


What is the MLTSSL?

The MLTSSL is the list of occupations where there is a shortage of professionals in Australia to fill all the gaps in the job market. Seeing as these occupations are important for Australia’s to do well as a country, the government has approved hiring talent from overseas.


In other words – if your occupation appears on the MLTSSL, you are in a good position to immigrate to Australia.


Here’s the good news

Surveyors are on the MLTSSL!


Don’t start to celebrate just yet though. Appearing on the MLTSSL is only the first step as each occupation has a code assigned to it, a skill level and also an assessing authority. You have to meet all the requirements associated with these different parts of the process to qualify for skilled immigration.




The ANZSCO code assigned to surveyors is 232212. This code gives us more details as to the criteria surveyors have to meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.


The first thing we look at is the group that surveyors fall under:


Major Group: 2 – Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 23 – Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals | Minor Group: 232 – Architects, Designers, Planners and Surveyors | Unit Group: 2322 – Surveyors and Spatial Scientists


As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (232212) which is specific to surveyors.


Description of Role


This part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what a surveyor is supposed to be able to do:


Plans, directs and conducts survey work to determine, delineate, plan and precisely position tracts of land, natural and constructed features, coastlines, marine floors and underground works, and manages related information systems. Registration or licensing may be required.


Required Skill Level


Suveyors are an occupation at Skill Level 1, which means a level of skill equal to a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.




When applying for emigration as a surveyor, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:


  • Designing and compiling map manuscripts using digital and graphical source material, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, reports and statistics.
  • Advising Surveyors and other professionals on the data requirements for map production, and on the aesthetic, technical and economic considerations of scales, details to be illustrated, place names and reproduction techniques.
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of cartographic technicians in the production and reproduction of maps.
  • Determining the position of points of interest on the earth’s surface including marine floors, and preparing the final product data in digital form.
  • Supervising the preparation of plans, maps, charts and drawings to give pictorial representations and managing automated spatial information systems.
  • Undertaking research and development of surveying and photogrammetric measurement systems, cadastral systems and land information systems.
  • Planning and designing land subdivision projects and negotiating details with local governments and other authorities.
  • Advising Architects, Engineering Professionals, environmental and other scientists or other relevant professionals on the technical requirements of surveying, mapping and spatial information systems.
  • Compiling and evaluating data, interpreting codes of practice, and writing reports concerning survey measurement, land use and tenure.
  • Preparing site plans and survey reports required for conveyancing and land ownership matters.


Important to Note


Your first course of action should always be an immigration assessment to see if you have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to live and work in Australia.


Why do we say this? It’s simple – if you don’t meet the requirements, you won’t be able to apply for skilled migration.


When you proceed with an application without knowing your eligibility or thinking you qualify if you don’t, you’re setting yourself up for failure.


Job First?


Many people mistakenly think that finding a job is the first step when immigrating.


In fact, the first step should always be an immigration assessment to see if you’re eligible for a work visa.


Our reasoning is two-fold. Firstly, as you may be able to guess, you won’t be able to immigrate without qualifying for a visa. Secondly, it enables you to job hunt with confidence if you are eligible for a work visa. Employers are much more likely to extend job offers if they know that you can work in Australia.


The golden rule? Do an assessment, then find a job.