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The APAS Office Bearers for 2019/20 are:

  • President: Thomas Grinter (NSW Spatial Services)
  • Vice President: Jarad Cannings (Public Works)
  • Secretary: Michael Armstrong (Transport for NSW)
  • Treasurer: Michael Waud (Transport for NSW)
  • Past President: Wayne Fenwick (Crown Lands)
  • Publications Officer: Dr Volker Janssen (NSW Spatial Services)
  • Conference Manager: Peter Nilon (Sydney Trains)
  • ISNSW Representative: Jarad Cannings (Public Works)
  • Public Officer: Michael Armstrong (Transport for NSW)
  • Committee: Micheal Kocoski (Blue Mountains City Council), Michael London (NSW Spatial Services), Nigel Petersen (Nambucca Shire Council)


The Association of Public Authority Surveyors was formed in 1994 as a non-profit organisation to bring together surveyors employed by Public Authorities in NSW.

As the Association evolved it has grown to include surveyors and closely allied spatial information professionals employed by Public Authorities in both New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

The meeting of members at an Annual Conference provides continual professional development for its members. The Association provides a means of communication between surveyors and spatial information professionals in all levels of Government to increase their knowledge and efficiency.

The Association will be the vehicle for cooperation between various organisations to promote surveying and spatial science practice, land policies, surveying and spatial information systems and related applications.

As a cooperating association of the Institution of Surveyors NSW (ISNSW) and through its involvement with the Board of Surveyors and Spatial Information (BOSSI), APAS has a significant voice in the wider surveying and spatial information community.

APAS also supports universities and TAFEs by providing annual prizes for students and sponsoring student presentations at the annual conference. The advancement and encouragement of students both to join and participate in the profession is considered fundamental to the Association.


The Objectives of the Association as outlined in the APAS Constitution shall be:

  • To provide continuing professional development to its members.
  • To promote sound policies and knowledge development in the fields of surveying and spatial science practice, land policies, surveying and spatial information systems and related applications.
  • To support and cooperate with kindred bodies in all matters affecting the interests of the surveying and spatial information profession.
  • To hold an Annual Conference including the Annual General Meeting.
  • To hold an Annual Dinner including the Grant Kilpatrick Memorial Lecture.

More information can be viewed in the current APAS CONSTITUTION.

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Latest Member Notices

  • 17th March - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic Update

    Dear APAS2020 Delegates and Exhibitors,

    We note that it has been reported that the recently formed National Cabinet will be meeting this evening to consider recommendations coming from the meeting of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee taking place today. We understand one issue being discussed is a ban on groups of more than 100 people in enclosed areas.

    If the ban is implemented it will directly impact APAS2020. We will monitor the situation closely and make further announcements as soon as possible.

    The APAS Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank our delegates and exhibitors for their patience and understanding at this time. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind our delegates that the APAS committee is a committee made up by your fellow surveyors, volunteering their time to organise this conference and that we are doing the best we can in an unprecedented situation. We are faced with making difficult decisions that may have serious follow-on consequences to everyone involved as well as the APAS organisation.

    We are relying upon advice from the medical and political leaders of both the State and Commonwealth to make these decisions and we are endeavouring to deliver up to date communications as frequently as possible in order for our delegates to have all necessary information at hand to base their own decisions on.

  • 16th March - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic Update

    16th March 2020

    Dear APAS2020 Conference Delegates & Exhibitors,

    The APAS2020 Annual Conference will have 275 Delegates and Exhibitors in attendance. At this stage there has not been a directive from the NSW or Commonwealth Governments preventing conference with less than 500 attendees from going ahead. Until such a directive is issued APAS2020 will proceed as planned. As the situation stands, our refunds and cancellation policy outlined in the Registration Conditions applies and should you choose to cancel or not to attend the conference you will not receive a refund.

    In the event a NSW and/or Commonwealth Government directive is issued preventing APAS2020 from going ahead we will work with the venue and our service providers to determine what level of refund might be available, if any.

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 in Australia being expected to last up to and possibly beyond the end of the CPD calendar year we have decided that postponement of the conference is not an option.

    Importantly all attendees are reminded to strictly follow the guidelines provided by the NSW and Commonwealth Departments of Health. If you feel that you may have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not attend the conference.

    All registered delegates will be kept fully up to date on any developments.

  • 12th March - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

    12th March 2020

    Dear APAS2020 Conference Delegates,

    We are very closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic and will put in place additional health and safety measures to minimise the risk of transmission. At this stage, we are satisfied that the APAS2020 conference can be delivered safely for all those taking part.  

    We are closely monitoring the advice from industry bodies such as Tourism Australia, Meetings and Events Australia and Professional Conference Organisers Australia. We will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the ​NSW and Commonwealth Departments of Health.

    We have received the following advice from the venue:

    Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains are doing everything they can to uphold their high standards to maintain a safe environment, with additional cleaning, disinfecting, and providing hand sanitisers to travellers coming through the hotel.  The hotel is undertaking the following measures to maintain a healthy environment:

    • Working with industry bodies Tourism Australia, the Tourism Transport Forum, State Tourism organisations and relevant accommodation bodies to ensure a coordinated approach.
    • Following the health guidelines provided the Department of Health.
    • Further reducing risk by exercising additional preventative measures as advised by Ecolab and Diversey, which includes, but is not limited to, increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the hotel.
    • The hotel has increased their cleaning schedules in all public areas with a particular focus on hand railings, elevators, bathrooms and doors, using a suitable disinfectant.
    • Hand sanitiser and signs have been placed in all public areas for guests and visitors to use.
    • Reinforcement of team personal hygiene, proper handwashing and use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
    • Additional hand sanitiser provided in all back of house areas for teams.
    • Increased communication with our partners and government public health agencies.

    Please visit the Enquiries area on our website to ask any questions you may have and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. All registered delegates will be kept fully up to date on any developments.

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