The surveying industry is regulated by the Surveyors Board of Queensland (board) which after investigating a complaint is able to refer a matter about a registered surveyor to a professional conduct review panel (panel) or to QCAT.
QCAT conducts disciplinary proceedings against surveyors after the complaint has been investigated and referred by the board. Only the board can apply to commence disciplinary proceedings against a surveyor in QCAT.
If QCAT finds that grounds for discipline are established the tribunal may:
- issue an advice, caution or reprimand to the surveyor
- require the surveyor to pay a fine to the board and/or correct at their own expense any work which QCAT believes to be defective
- impose conditions on the surveyor’s registration
- suspend the surveyor’s registration or registration endorsement for not more than three years
- cancel the surveyor’s registration or registration endorsement
- impose conditions under which the surveyor may reapply for registration
- order the surveyor to do anything else the tribunal considers appropriate
- order the surveyor to stop doing anything else the tribunal considers inappropriate.
Review of the board’s or a panel’s decision
QCAT is able to review decisions made by the board or a panel including decisions:
- refusing to grant an application for registration or a registration endorsement
- refusing to grant an application for renewal or restoration of a registration or registration endorsement
- amending, suspending or cancelling a registration or registration endorsement
- ordering particular disciplinary action.