The Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping’s (ICSM) role is to provide leadership, coordination and standards for surveying, mapping/charting and national datasets

What we produce

Educational resources

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  • Geodesy

    Geodesy provides the positional framework for all surveying, mapping and geographic information applications in Australia.

  • Cadastre

    Australia and New Zealand’s land and property boundaries.

  • Cadastre 2034

    Cadastre 2034 will guide the evolution of jurisdictional systems and ensure a coordinated and consistent approach to future policies, legislation, standards, models and research; and provide clear direction for the sector as a whole.

  • Addressing

    Providing leadership in assigning addresses, naming of roads, and defining localities. This includes setting related standards, developing addressing guidelines, and promoting systems for the efficient interchange and sharing of address data.

  • Mapping & Charts

    The Permanent Committee on Topographic Information (PCTI) was established in recognition of the long-term, on-going need for a coordinated approach to topographic data collection, management and delivery.

  • Place Names

    Coordinates and communicates the consistent use of place names to ensure they meet the requirements of the whole community, including government bodies and emergency services.

  • Tides & Mean Sea Level

    Coordinates national databases of tidal records; as well as developing national standards and best practice guidelines for tides and mean sea level related matters.


  • Australian Coastal Vertical Datum Transformation (AusCoastVDT) Software

    Grid file updated September 2014
    The AusCoastVDT is an easy to use vertical datum transformation tool applicable to the Australian coast. The tool includes transformations between data referenced to the GRS80 ellipsoid (realised through GDA94) and other vertical datums of user interest .

  • Water Newsletter

    The winter edition of the quarterly newsletter by the Water Special Interest Group, is now available.

  • Cadastre 2034: Consultation Period Extended to August 31st

    In response to stakeholder requests, the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) has announced an extension to the consultation period for the draft national strategy on the cadastre, Cadastre 2034: Powering Land and Real Property. The invitation to comment on Cadastre 2034 will now close on the 31st August, 2014.

    ICSM wishes to thank all those who have provided feedback to date, with over 25 submissions received from a broad spectrum of government, industry and community groups.

    Submissions can be made via this website or email to
    Written submissions can be sent to ICSM Chair, GPO Box 378, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia.

  • ICSM Silver Anniversary

    ICSM recently celebrated 25 years of activities, and listed of our most notable Achievements.