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Consulting Endorsement

In Queensland if you want to run a cadastral surveying business or charge a fee for cadastral surveying services, you must have a Consulting Endorsement under Section 76 of the Surveyors Act 2003.  This Act establishes the Surveyors Board of Queensland (SBQ), which is responsible for the registration, endorsement of surveyors, and the administration of the Act.

The Board have outsourced the assessment of the Competency Framework to the Geospatial Council of Australia to facilitate the necessary Competency Review and issue a Certificate of Competency. Each assessment is conducted by endorsed Surveying Professionals who are SBQ accredited.

The Competency Framework for endorsement as a Consulting Surveyor as prescribed under section 39 of the Act describes the competency Units, Elements and Descriptors that must be met for endorsement as a Consulting Surveyor.

The key is to demonstrate how you have met or fulfilled each of the Elements and Descriptors in the Framework i.e., not just what you did, but how you did it and provide documentary evidence as examples to support your application.

Consulting Competency Framework
You can find the latest version on the SBQ website here.

Application fees
Geospatial Council of Australia Member – $750 (+GST)
Non-member – $1,250 (+GST)

Payment of the fee can be made online here.

Who Can Apply
A Registered Surveyor may apply for a Consulting Endorsement and satisfy the Board that they have the appropriate combination of qualifications, knowledge, skills and expertise to provide consulting services.
How to apply

To proceed, prepare your application and collate your supporting documentary evidence, ensuring your Resumé is up-to-date.  Once you are ready to submit your application, please email: You will then be sent a link to your own SharePoint folder, into which you will upload all application documents.  Payment will also need to be made at this point, as the submission will not be reviewed until payment is received.

The following must be uploaded to your SharePoint folder: –

  • Consulting Endorsement Cover Page – You must complete the top-half of the page with your personal information. The Review Panel will complete the ‘office only’ section once they have completed their review. Download the Cover Page here
  • Assessment Checklist – This is the Consulting Endorsement Competency Assessment application form detailing the elements and descriptors you need to address in full.  Download the Assessment Checklist here
  • Supporting Documents – Clearly label each file and ensure the specific Competency Element is referenced
  • Resumé – Include Referee details

 Tips for Preparing the Documents

  • Upload files in PDF format and ensure they are not encrypted.
  • Use clear naming conventions for your supporting documents that align with the elements and descriptors in the Competency Framework.
  • Provide high quality legible copies of documents.
  • Please note the application for Consulting Endorsement is the ‘running’ of the business side of a survey practice, and not the technical surveying.
  • It is the business, staff and public documentation that will underpin your application, not necessarily survey plans.