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Land Law and Cadastral Studies KGG506



The Land Law component of this unit teaches the principles and application of land law as it applies to legal surveys. Topics include land tenure, estates in land, freehold and leasehold tenure, interests in land, easements and profits, mortgages, erosion, riparian rights, land transfer, common law and real property, adverse possession, law relating to surveys of land for the purposes of title subdivision and resumption of land, and the general principles of the law of evidence.

The Cadastral Studies component covers cadastral systems, the role of cadastral systems in land management and land administration, cadastral reform and the concept of spatial data infrastructure. This unit is a core component of the educational requirements of the Tasmanian Land Surveyors Accreditation Board.


Unit name Land Law and Cadastral Studies
Unit code KGG506
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Rachael Hurd
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the key principles of land law that apply to land surveying
  • Apply land law principles to typical and complex land surveying applications
  • Compare the characteristics of international cadastral systems
  • Evaluate the Australian cadastre in relation to other systems
  • Explain the role of cadastral systems in maintaining effective land administration
  • Describe technological, economic, and social changes that are currently impacting cadastral systems
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Teaching Pattern

1 x 3-hour workshop per week, plus independent study. 

AssessmentSeminar/poster of Cadastral Studies essay topic (10%)|Discussions (50%)|Cadastral Studies Essay (40%)
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