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.


  • Water Newsletter

    The summer 2015 edition of the quarterly newsletter by the Water Special Interest Group, is now available.

  • ICSM - Newsletter

    The December 2014 ICSM newsletter is now available.

  • Standard for the Australian Survey Control Network (SP1), Version 2.1, October 2014

    The SP1 has been updated. as at October 2014.
    Version 2.1 of the Standard and associated Guidelines now contain:
     – an update of the copyright statement to reflect ICSM’s Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence;
     – corrections to figures and example data;

    The Guideline for Control Surveys by GNSS (v2.1) now contains recommendations and guidance on Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) and Network-RTK surveys.

  • ICSM Silver Anniversary

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