According to the Department of Employment, the State of NSW, Victoria’s metropolitan areas, and Brisbane are all facing skills shortages in the surveying sector.
The shortage is largely blamed on the volume of new construction works being undertaken in Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas. While land and construction surveyors are in high demand, not everyone can get a job. In Victoria the majority of applicants knocked back for jobs were displaced mining industry surveyors, which employers did not find suitable for cadastral tasks. In WA, where there is no skills shortage, employers were knocking back candidates with only cadastral experience and no mining background.
Across the board, employers are often forced to hire candidates with less experience than desired due to these shortages just to fill the role. A January 2015 BIS Shrapnel report for Consulting Surveyors National estimated that 25% of all surveyors in the work force in 2014 will have left the industry by 2024 (presumably due to retirement), with an estimated 1000 new surveyors needed to join the workforce within the state by 2020 to stem the shortfall.
With the number of registered surveyors in decline, industry and government are both offering financial incentives to study surveying. Veris via the University of New South Wales and Geomatic Technologies via RMIT (applications due 19/11/17) are both addressing the gender imbalance in the industry with scholarships exclusively for women.