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Land Surveying Webinar Series - Did you know? Part 4


Part 4 Topics
Please see below for more detail on what John covered in this fourth and final part of the series.

The Importance of Geographic Names
Many have never thought about the importance of having a consistent approach to naming places and features. Did you know the principles and policies of naming, (called toponymy,) emanates from the United Nations. This presentation will give an overview of the role of the United Nations and Australia's role in the UN, together with legislation that governs naming at the state and local government level.

How Electoral boundaries are determined?
Explains the process, including the legislation, that governs how electoral boundaries are determined in state and federal redistribution for Victoria. The Surveyor General is a member of the redistribution committees.



John Parker held the position of Surveyor-General of Victoria from 1989 to 1998 which also included being an electoral commissioner and having responsibility for naming of places. He has been an adviser on education and training, and research and development to three Universities and is considered a technical expert in cadastral and land tenure matters, spatial data, survey and mapping matters and the naming of geographic features and places.

John has provided consultancy services internationally in land administration including land tenure reform and online delivery, institutional management, quality management and toponymy to the World Bank, United Nations, USAID, in Laos, China, El Salvador and Governments including Greece, Colombia, Costa Rica and Hong Kong. International activities have included roles in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) for Asia, South East and Pacific South West Division

He has been involved in organising all or part of conferences/seminars on behalf of the International Federation of Surveyors in Australia, Argentina, United Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, South Korea, USA, China, Kenya and Mexico (also on behalf of the United Nations and the Permanent Committee on Spatial Data infrastructures for the Americas).

Prior to being Surveyor-General, he was Chief Surveyor of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. His initial 19 years of work was in a private firm of surveyors, engineers and town planners.


  • GCA: 1 CPD point
  • BOSSI: 1 Survey Practice point (SSSINSW2013) for those who watch live OR those who watch the recording and achieve an 80% passmark on questionnaire.  0.5 Survey Practice point for those who watch the recording only.

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Live Date

Thu 28 April 2022

Expiry Date

Sun 28 April 2024