Survey Co-ordination Act 1944


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Survey Co-ordination Act 1944

An Act to provide for the co-ordination of surveys in this State; for the establishment of a central office for the registration of surveys and information relating to surveys; and for matters incidental thereto

[Royal Assent 24 May 1944]

Be it enacted by His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly, in Parliament assembled, as follows:

1.   Short title and commencement

(1)  This Act may be cited as the Survey Co-ordination Act 1944 .
(2)  This Act shall come into operation upon a date to be proclaimed.

2.   Interpretation

[Section 2 Amended by No. 30 of 1953, s. 2 ][Section 2 Amended by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 2 Amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears –
Board means the Nomenclature Board constituted under this Act;
central plan office means the central plan office established under this Act;
central plan register means the central plan register established under this Act;
Commonwealth survey authority means any Department of the Commonwealth, or any section or branch of the Defence Force of the Commonwealth engaged upon surveys for the triangulation and mapping of Australia;
Commonwealth survey officer means any person authorized, in writing, by the officer in charge of the Commonwealth survey authority;
plan includes every plan, map, aerial photograph, or description made or obtained as part of any survey or surveys;
proper officer means –
(a) [Section 2 Amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] in relation to an Agency, within the meaning of the State Service Act 2000 – the Head of that Agency; and
(b) in relation to any other public authority – any officer of that public authority appointed by it as the proper officer thereof for the purposes of this Act;
[Section 2 Amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] public authority includes any Agency, within the meaning of the State Service Act 2000 , and the council, and any board, commission, trust, or other body, whether corporate or unincorporate, established by or under any Act for any public purpose, whether in respect of the whole or any part of this State, which is authorized or required by any Act to make surveys, or the functions of which are such as to require surveys to be made by, or plans of surveys to be lodged with, it;
registered plan means a plan of which a record has been entered in the central plan register in pursuance of this Act;
registered surveyor means a person registered as a surveyor under the Land Surveyors Act 1909 ;
survey means the act or process of determining the form, contour, position, area, height, depth, or any other similar particulars of any part of the earth's surface, whether on land or water, or of any natural or artificial features on, below, or above any part of that surface, or the length and direction of the bounding lines of any part of that surface, or of any such natural or artificial features thereof, and includes the making or obtaining of a plan or plans thereof;
surveyor includes any –
(a) registered surveyor; and
(b) person who carries out or superintends any survey on behalf of any public authority.

3.   Establishment of central plan office

[Section 3 Amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]For the purposes of this Act there shall be established, in the Department, a central plan office.

3A.   Appointment, &c., of Surveyor-General

[Section 3A Inserted by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]
(1)  [Section 3A Subsection (1) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Minister administering the State Service Act 2000 may appoint a State Service officer or State Service employee, who shall be a surveyor registered under the Land Surveyors Act 1909 , to be Surveyor-General and that officer or employee is to hold that office in conjunction with State Service employment.
(2)  The Surveyor-General appointed under this Act shall perform such of the functions and duties of the Director-General of Lands as the Minister may appoint and the acts of the Surveyor-General when so doing shall be deemed to be those of the Director-General of Lands.
(3)  Every act of the Surveyor-General so appointed shall, except in proceedings between the Crown and the Surveyor-General for breach of duty, be deemed to be in pursuance of the Minister's appointment.

4.   Public authorities to compile and forward to Surveyor-General lists of existing plans

(1)  The proper officer of every public authority shall, within six months after the commencement of this Act –
(a) cause to be compiled a list setting out the prescribed particulars with respect to all plans in the possession of the authority at the commencement of this Act which were compiled after the thirty-first day of December 1910, whether made by or on behalf of the authority or lodged therewith; and
(b) cause a copy of the list, certified by him to be correct and complete, to be forwarded to the Surveyor-General.
(2)  Every public authority shall, upon being so required by the Surveyor-General, appoint a fit and proper person as the proper officer of that authority for the purposes of this Act.

5.   Public authorities to give notice of intention to commence new surveys

No survey shall, after the commencement of this Act, be commenced by or on behalf of any public authority unless a notice in the prescribed form of intention to commence such survey has been delivered or forwarded to, and received by, the Surveyor-General at least five days before the survey is commenced: Provided that where it is impracticable by reason of the urgency of any particular survey to give the notice required by this section notice of intention to commence, or as the case may require, of having commenced, the survey shall be given as early as is practicable in the circumstances, and shall be accompanied by a certificate of the proper officer of the public authority concerned setting out the reasons for the failure to give the prescribed notice.

5A.   

[Section 5A Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 3 ][Section 5A Subsection (1) amended by No. 43 of 1991, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ][Section 5A Subsection (1) amended by No. 55 of 1965, s. 5 ][Section 5A Repealed by No. 44 of 2005, Sched. 1, Applied:24 Nov 2005]

6.   Power of Surveyor-General to require connection of proposed surveys with existing surveys, permanent marks, &c.

(1)  Without limiting the generality of the provisions of this Act relating to surveys in or contiguous to proclaimed survey areas, the Surveyor-General may, by writing addressed to the proper officer of any public authority, require, in relation to any survey being carried out or proposed to be carried out by or on behalf of the authority, that –
(a) [Section 6 Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] the survey shall be connected to an existing local or general survey or based upon a specified datum as to levels or otherwise; and
(b) the surveyor carrying out the survey shall cause permanent marks of the prescribed kind to be established within or adjacent to the area surveyed as the Surveyor-General directs, and that the survey shall be connected with any permanent mark or marks already established; and
(c) the original, or a true copy of, any plan made or obtained as part of the survey, showing the date of the survey and certified as correct by the surveyor who carried out the survey, together with a separate sketch plan certified as correct by the surveyor showing the position of any permanent marks established and the connection, if any, of the survey with any local or general survey or with any permanent mark or marks already established, shall be forwarded to the Surveyor-General within one month after the completion of the plans.
(2)  The proper officer of the public authority shall cause the survey to be carried out and plans to be prepared and forwarded in accordance with the requirements of the Surveyor-General and any plans so forwarded shall be lodged in the central plan office.
(3)  [Section 6 Subsection (3) amended by No. 93 of 1984, s. 2 ]Every survey, not being a survey carried out for the purposes of the Land Titles Act 1980 , commenced by or on behalf of any public authority after the commencement of this Act, whether the subject of a requirement by the Surveyor-General under the foregoing provisions of this section or not, shall be carried out in accordance with the standards of measurement and accuracy prescribed by regulations under this Act relating to surveys of the appropriate kind.
(4)  [Section 6 Subsection (4) added by No. 93 of 1984, s. 2 ][Section 6 Subsection (4) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]Any plan (whether or not made as the result of a survey), not being a plan prepared for the purposes of the Land Titles Act 1980 , which is prepared by or on behalf of a public authority for the purposes of, or in connection with, the description in an Act, proclamation or other instrument of a legislative character of an area or boundary, shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of this section and in such manner as the Surveyor-General considers necessary to achieve an accurate and, as near as possible, an unequivocal definition of any boundary on the ground.

7.   Returns by public authorities of plans and surveys

The proper officer of every public authority shall, in each year, within fourteen days after the last day of June and December respectively –
(a) cause to be compiled a list setting out the prescribed particulars with respect to –
(i) every plan prepared by or on behalf of the authority or lodged therewith during the period of six months in respect of which the list is compiled; and
(ii) every survey carried out by or on behalf of the authority during that period of which a plan has not been made; and
(b) cause a copy of such list, certified by him to be correct and complete, to be forwarded to the Surveyor-General.

8.   Establishment of central plan register and registration of plans

(1)  For the purposes of this Act there shall be established and maintained in the central plan office a register, to be called the central plan register, which shall be in the form prescribed and shall contain the prescribed classifications and particulars.
(2)  The Surveyor-General, after such inquiry as he thinks necessary, shall cause to be entered in the central plan register a record of such of the plans –
(a) set out on any list forwarded to him in accordance with section seven ; or
(b) forwarded to him under the provisions of section six
as appear to him to be of general value for the purposes of this Act, and shall cause to be marked or stamped upon every such plan, whether in the central plan office or not, such particulars of its registration and classification as are prescribed.
(3)  [Section 8 Subsection (3) amended by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]Where it appears to the Surveyor-General that any registered plan in the possession of any public authority is of such general value for the purposes of this Act that it should be lodged in the central plan office –
(a) [Section 8 Subsection (3) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] [Section 8 Subsection (3) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] in the case of any plan in the possession of a Government department, within the meaning of the State Service Act 2000 – with the consent of the Minister administering that department; and
(ab) [Section 8 Subsection (3) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] in the case of any plan in the possession of an Agency, within the meaning of the State Service Act 2000 , not being a Government department– with the consent of the Head of that Agency; and
(b) in the case of any plan in the possession of any other public authority – with the consent of the chairman, president, or chief executive officer of the authority –
such plan or a certified copy thereof shall, when required by the Surveyor-General, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any enactment other than this Act, be lodged and kept in the central plan office.
(4)  No registered plan which remains in the possession of any public authority shall be destroyed or, except in pursuance of this Act, be removed out of the possession of such authority without the consent, in writing, of the Surveyor-General.
(5)  Where any alteration is effected in any registered plan which remains in the possession of any public authority, the proper officer thereof shall, within fourteen days after the alteration is effected, notify the Surveyor-General thereof, in writing, and, if a copy of the registered plan has been lodged with the Surveyor-General, a plan showing the details of the alteration shall be forwarded to, or lodged with, the Surveyor-General together with the notification of the alteration.
(6)  For the purpose of the registration and classification of plans pursuant to this Act, every person authorized by the Surveyor-General shall, at all reasonable times, have free access to all plans specified in any list forwarded to the Surveyor-General under the provisions of this Act which are in the possession of any public authority, and shall be entitled to mark or stamp on any of those plans such particulars as are required for the purposes of subsection (2) .
(7)  The Surveyor-General shall cause to be published in the prescribed manner and form –
(a) in the month of July next after the commencement of this Act, and thereafter in the month of July in every year in which the Minister so directs – an index of plans recorded in the central plan register as at the preceding thirtieth day of June; and
(b) in the month of July in every year in which such index is not published – a supplementary index of all plans so recorded since the last publication of the index or supplementary index, as the case may be, up to the preceding thirtieth day of June.
(8)  A copy of such portion of each index or supplementary index as is required shall be made available –
(a) without charge, to the Commonwealth survey authority and to every public authority; and
(b) with the consent of the Surveyor-General, upon payment of the prescribed fee, to any person.

9.   Inspection of registered plans

(1)  Every surveyor, every Commonwealth survey officer, and every person authorized in writing by the Surveyor-General shall, at all reasonable times, be entitled to inspect any registered plan in the central plan office, and the Surveyor-General, when so required, may authorize any person to inspect any registered plan which is kept elsewhere than in the central plan office.
(2)  Every person authorized in writing by the Surveyor-General, whether generally or in any particular case, and every Commonwealth survey officer shall at all reasonable times be entitled to inspect any registered plan in the possession of any public authority.

10.   Provision of copy of registered plan

Every public authority shall, when so required by the Surveyor-General by writing addressed to the proper officer thereof, provide an accurate copy of any registered plan in its possession to –
(a) the Surveyor-General or to any Commonwealth survey officer, free of charge; or
(b) any public authority or to any registered surveyor –
(i) upon payment of such charge, if any, as is provided by or under any other Act therefor; or
(ii) where there is no such provision, at a charge which shall not exceed the cost of preparation of the copy plus ten per centum thereof.

11.   Surveys for the establishment of permanent survey marks in certain areas

(1)  When the triangulation survey of any area within this State is completed and the plans relating thereto and such other information as he requires are available, the Surveyor-General, after consultation with the representatives of such public authorities as may be concerned, and with such other public authorities as he thinks proper, may, with the consent of the Governor, cause to be carried out in that area such surveys as he considers necessary for the establishment of standard permanent marks for the convenient connection of local or general surveys with the State triangulation.
(2)  If the Surveyor-General reports, in writing, to the Minister that –
(a) the provisions of this section have been given effect to with respect to any area within this State and that permanent survey marks have been established for that area; or
(b) there are in existence in any area within this State sufficient permanent marks for that area –
the Governor, by proclamation, may declare that area to be a proclaimed survey area for the purposes of this Act.
(3)  After the publication of any proclamation under subsection (2) , every survey for any purpose under any Act of any area which is wholly or partly within or contiguous to the proclaimed survey area, shall be connected, as prescribed, to at least two established survey marks for the proclaimed survey area either –
(a) directly; or
(b) where the Surveyor-General, or some person authorized in writing in that behalf by the Surveyor-General, so authorizes in writing, indirectly, by way of connection with an existing survey or permanent mark already connected, or proposed to be connected, to standard survey marks –
and no plan of any such survey shall be lodged with, or accepted or otherwise used by, any public authority or be of any validity whatever for any purpose under any Act unless it shows the connection required by this section certified by the surveyor who carries out the survey, or is accompanied by a sketch plan showing the connection so certified.
(4)  It shall be the duty of the Surveyor-General when requested so to do to advise the surveyor of any public authority or any registered surveyor as to how proposed surveys of any area may be connected with the established permanent survey marks, and to authorize any indirect connection as provided by this section which appears to him to be more convenient or economical than a direct connection, and any survey carried out, or plan prepared, in accordance with the written authority of the Surveyor-General shall, if the authority is attached to the plan, be deemed for all purposes a sufficient compliance with the requirements of this section.

12.   Surveyor-General to advise as to avoidance of duplication of surveys, &c.

[Section 12 Amended by No. 99 of 1982, s. 3 and Sched. 2, Pt. II ]It shall be the duty of the Surveyor-General to –
(a) advise the proper officer of any public authority or any registered surveyor of all registered plans and of all proposed surveys which may render unnecessary, or limit the scope of, any survey proposed to be carried out by or on behalf of that authority or by the registered surveyor; and
(b) take all such steps as may be expedient for avoiding unnecessary duplication of surveys, including the –
(i) carrying out, for or on behalf of, and with the consent of, any two or more public authorities of any survey which may be required by such authorities; or
(ii) arranging for the carrying out, with the consent of the public authorities concerned, of any such survey by any one of such authorities –
upon such terms as to payment of the costs of the survey as are agreed upon by those authorities and the Surveyor-General or, in default of such agreement, as may be prescribed.

13.   General power of Surveyor-General to carry out surveys for purposes of this Act

The Surveyor-General may at any time cause to be carried out any survey which he considers necessary or desirable for the purposes of this Act, and may establish upon the area surveyed such permanent marks of any prescribed kind as he considers necessary and a record of the plan of every such survey shall be entered in the central plan register.

14.   Adoption of existing survey marks as permanent marks

(1)  The Surveyor-General may adopt any particular reference marks or other survey marks, or any class of reference marks or other survey marks, established by any public authority, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, as permanent marks for the purposes of this Act by publication of a notice in the Gazette specifying the marks or class of marks so adopted.
(2)  [Section 14 Subsection (2) amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]Any permanent mark required or authorized to be established under this Act, whether by the Surveyor-General or by any public authority, may be so established –
(a) [Section 14 Subsection (2) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] upon any Crown land; or
(b) [Section 14 Subsection (2) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] upon any land vested in, or under the care and management of, any public authority or any committee of management or body of trustees for any public purpose; or
(c) after consultation with the engineer or surveyor of the relevant council, upon any public street, road, right of way, lane, or thoroughfare; or
(d) with the consent of the owner or occupier thereof, upon any privately owned land –
and every person authorized by the Surveyor-General or by the proper officer of the public authority concerned shall, at all reasonable times, have access to such land, street, road, right of way, lane, or thoroughfare for the purpose of the establishment, inspection, and maintenance of any permanent mark or the connection of any survey with any permanent mark.
(3)  [Section 14 Subsection (3) amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]All permanent marks established by the Surveyor-General under this Act, for any survey area proposed to be proclaimed in pursuance of this Act, shall be established out of moneys provided by Parliament for survey purposes, and shall be maintained in good order and condition –
(a) [Section 14 Subsection (3) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] if upon any land, other than a public street, road, right of way, lane, or thoroughfare, vested in, or under the care and management of any public authority, or of any committee of management or body of trustees for any public purpose– by the authority, committee, or body concerned, out of such moneys as are available for the care and management of such land; or
(b) [Section 14 Subsection (3) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] if upon any public street, road, right of way, lane, or thoroughfare the maintenance whereof is charged upon any public authority– by that authority out of such moneys as are available for the maintenance of such street, road, right of way, lane, or thoroughfare; or
(c) if upon any privately owned land – by the Surveyor-General; or
(d) in any other case, by the council of the municipal area in which the marks are established.
(4)  All permanent marks established by any public authority in compliance with any requirement of the Surveyor-General under section six in relation to any survey carried out by or on behalf of the authority shall be established out of such moneys as are available to the authority concerned for the purposes of such survey, and all permanent marks so established, and all permanent marks adopted under the provisions of this section, shall be maintained in good order and condition out of moneys available for the maintenance of the works or undertakings of the public authority concerned: Provided that, where the Commissioner of Crown Lands is satisfied, upon the application of any public authority, that the maintenance of any such mark involves undue expense or inconvenience to such authority, he may direct that such maintenance shall be carried out by the Surveyor-General or by such other public authority, committee of management, or body of trustees, as the Minister may direct.

15.   Notice of establishment, &c., of permanent mark to public authority charged with maintenance

(1)  The Surveyor-General shall, where necessary, give notice, in writing, of the establishment, removal, or alteration of any permanent mark to the public authority, committee of management, or body of trustees, as the case requires, charged under this Act with the maintenance thereof.
(2)  The Surveyor-General shall give notice, in writing, to the Recorder of Titles of the establishment, removal, or alteration of any permanent mark in any case where he considers that the establishment, removal, or alteration thereof is likely to affect any plan lodged or retained in the office of the Recorder of Titles.

16.   Surveyors to report irregularities in position of permanent marks

(1)  Any surveyor who discovers any apparent irregularity in the position of any permanent mark, or that any permanent mark has been destroyed or removed, or is in disrepair, or that any measurements made by him differ from those shown upon any registered plan, shall furnish a report thereon, in writing, to the Surveyor-General.
(2)  Any officer or employee of any public authority, not being a surveyor, who discovers that any permanent mark has been destroyed or removed or is in disrepair, shall report the same to the proper officer of such authority who shall thereupon notify the same, in writing, to the Surveyor-General.

17.   Cost of surveys, &c.

The cost of any survey authorized to be carried out by the Surveyor-General under this Act shall be defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament for survey purposes.

18.   

[Section 18 Repealed by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]

19.   Exemption of plans, surveys, &c., from operation of this Act

Upon the application of any public authority or any registered surveyor, the Surveyor-General may, by writing under his hand, exempt from all or any of the provisions of this Act relating to surveys or plans, either permanently or for any specified period and subject to such conditions, if any, as the Surveyor-General thinks fit, any particular survey being carried out, or proposed to be carried out by that authority or surveyor, or any particular plan of survey in the possession of, or to be prepared by, that authority or surveyor, or any class of such surveys or plans, if he is of opinion that compliance with such provisions in respect of the particular survey or plan or class of surveys or plans would entail the disclosure of any information which would adversely affect the public or such authority or the person by whom the surveyor is employed.

20.   Penalty for destruction, &c., of permanent marks

[Section 20 Subsection (1) amended by No. 43 of 1991, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]
(1)  [Section 20 Subsection (1) amended by No. 55 of 1965, s. 5 ]No person shall destroy, remove, injure, or deface, or directly or indirectly cause any alteration in the position of, any permanent mark established or adopted under this Act.
Penalty:  Fine of not less than 2 penalty units and not more than 20 penalty units.
(2)  Upon the conviction of any person for any offence against this section, the court may, in addition to imposing a penalty under subsection (1) hereof, order that the defendant shall pay to the public authority, committee of management, or body of trustees charged with the maintenance of the permanent mark in respect of which the proceedings were instituted, such amount as the court thinks reasonably necessary to reimburse the public authority, committee, or body of trustees for any expenses incurred in replacing or re-establishing the mark.
(3)  Where the removal or alteration of any permanent mark is necessary by reason of any operations connected with the erection or reconstruction of any building, the removal or alteration of the mark for that purpose shall not constitute a contravention of this section, but the removal or alteration thereof may be effected subject to such provisions as to notice and report to the Surveyor-General, and re-establishment of the permanent mark, as may be prescribed.

20A.   Nomenclature Board

[Section 20A Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ]
(1)  For the purposes of this Act there shall be a board, to be known as the Nomenclature Board.
(2)  [Section 20A Subsection (2) substituted by No. 31 of 1964, s. 2 ][Section 20A Subsection (1) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 20A Subsection (1) amended by No. 68 of 1993, s. 9 ][Section 20A Subsection (1) amended by No. 25 of 1994, s. 45 and Sched. 3 ]The Board shall consist of ten members of whom –
(a) [Section 20A Subsection (2) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] one shall be the Surveyor-General who shall be the chairman of the Board; and
(b) [Section 20A Subsection (2) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] one shall be the senior mapping officer in the Department; and
(c) [Section 20A Subsection (2) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] [Section 20A Subsection (2) amended by No. 50 of 2013, Sched. 1, Applied:11 Dec 2013] one shall be the senior mapping officer of the Forestry corporation continued by section 6 of the Forest Management Act 2013 and
(d) [Section 20A Subsection (2) amended by No. 85 of 1997, Sched. 4, Applied:01 Jan 1998] [Section 20A Subsection (2) amended by No. 28 of 2009, s. 57, Applied:01 Sep 2009] one shall be a person nominated by the Tasmanian Planning Commission, established under the Tasmanian Planning Commission Act 1997 , and appointed by the Governor; and
(e) six shall be appointed by the Governor.
(3)  [Section 20A Subsection (3) substituted by No. 31 of 1964, s. 2 ][Section 20A Subsection (3) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]Of the persons appointed as members of the Board under paragraph (e) of subsection (2) of this section –
(a) [Section 20A Subsection (3) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] one shall be a senior officer in the responsible Department in relation to the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 ; and
(b) one shall be a senior officer of the Hydro-Electric Commission nominated by the Commissioner of the Hydro-Electric Commission; and
(c) four shall be persons nominated by the Minister who shall be appointed for a term of three years.
(4)  The members of the Board may be paid such travelling and out-of-pocket expenses as the Governor may determine.

20AB.   Delegation

[Section 20AB Inserted by No. 31 of 1964, s. 3 ]
(1)  The Surveyor-General with the approval of the Minister may by instrument in writing under his hand delegate to the Deputy Surveyor-General any of the powers, duties, functions, and authorities, of the chairman of the Board.
(2)  Any such delegation may be made generally or in respect of any particular matter or class of matter and may be subject to all such conditions (if any) as the Surveyor-General considers necessary or desirable and as may be specified in the terms of delegation.
(3)  A delegation under this section shall be revocable at will and shall not prevent the exercise or performance of any power, duty, function, or authority, by the Surveyor-General.

20B.   Proceedings of Board

[Section 20B Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ]
(1)  The chairman, if present, shall preside at meetings of the Board.
(2)  In the absence of the chairman from a meeting of the Board, the members present at that meeting shall choose one of their number to preside thereat.
(3)  The chairman, or member chosen to preside at a meeting of the Board in the absence of the chairman, has a casting vote only.
(4)  The Board shall meet at such times and places as the chairman may determine, but in any case at intervals of not more than three months.
(5)  Any four members (including the chairman or member chosen to preside at a meeting of the Board) constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of that meeting, and the Board may function, notwithstanding a vacancy in its membership, so long as a quorum remains.
(6)  Subject to this section, the Board may regulate its own procedure.

20C.   Secretary to the Board

[Section 20C Substituted by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 20C Amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 20C Amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Secretary of the Department may appoint a State Service officer or State Service employee employed in the Department as the secretary to the Board, and that officer or employee may hold office as secretary to the Board in conjunction with State Service employment.

20D.   Functions of Board

[Section 20D Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ]
(1)  The functions of the Board are –
(a) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to adopt rules of orthography and nomenclature in respect of place-names in this State; and
(b) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to examine cases of doubtful spelling of place-names in this State, and determine the spelling to be adopted on official maps; and
(c) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to investigate and determine the priority of the discovery of any geographic feature; and
(d) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to consider and determine any proposed alteration in a place-name; and
(e) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to assign a name to any place in this State; and
(f) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to alter the name of any place by substituting another name or by correcting the spelling of the name thereof; and
(g) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to omit from official maps and records the name of any place; and
(h) [Section 20D Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] to compile and maintain a register of place-names; and
(i) to make inquiries and recommendations on such matters relating to the naming of places in this State as may be referred to it by the Minister; and
(j) to exercise and perform such other powers and duties as are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act.
(2)  In this section
place includes any town, township, mining district, area of land, locality, mountain, hill, peak, pass, glen, valley, forest, river, stream, creek, ford, lake, lagoon, marsh, bay, harbour, cape, promontory, railway station, standard permanent mark, or other topographical feature, but does not include a street in a city or town.

20E.   Special provisions relating to the naming of towns and streets

[Section 20E Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ][Section 20E Amended by No. 28 of 1976, s. 74 and Sched. 3 ][Section 20E Amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]
(1)  [Section 20E Subsection (1) substituted by No. 31 of 1964, s. 4 ]No proclamation shall be made under the provisions of –
(a) section seven of the Local Government Act 1962 altering the name of a town; or
(b) section 5 of the Crown Lands Act 1976 assigning a name to an area of town lands –
unless the question of the altered name of the town or, as the case may be, the name which it is proposed to assign to an area of town lands has been referred to the Board, as prescribed, and the Board has reported to the Governor that it approves of the altered name of the town or of the name proposed to be assigned to the area of town lands, as the case may be, and those provisions shall be construed accordingly.
(2)  [Section 20E Subsection (2) substituted by No. 31 of 1964, s. 4 ][Section 20E Subsection (2) amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]If a council assigns a name to, or alters the name of, a way in a city or town it shall within forty days after assigning a name to, or altering the name of, that way notify the Board, as prescribed, of the name so assigned or, as the case may be, of the alteration of the name.
(3)  Except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, nothing in this Act affects the powers conferred by or under any Act on the Governor or any other person or body of persons to assign a name to a district, locality, or area that is proclaimed, prescribed, declared, or otherwise established under or for the purposes of any Act or to alter a name that is so assigned or to substitute a new name therefor.

20F.   Notice of intention to assign or alter a place-name

[Section 20F Substituted by No. 74 of 1955, s. 4 ]Where the Board proposes to assign or alter the name of a place pursuant to this Act, it shall cause to be published in the Gazette a notice of its intention so to do, and shall specify in the notice the proposed name or alteration.

20G.   Objection to proposed name or alteration

[Section 20G Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ][Section 20G Amended by No. 74 of 1955, s. 5 ]
(1)  A person who objects to the name proposed to be assigned to a place pursuant to this Act, or an alteration proposed to be made, pursuant to this Act, to the name of a place may, at any time within the period of one month after the date of the publication in the Gazette of the notice referred to in section twenty F , give to the secretary to the Board notice in writing of his objection, setting out the grounds of the objection.
(2)  As soon as practicable after the expiration of the period referred to in subsection (1) of this section, the Board shall inquire into and dispose of all objections made pursuant to this section, and shall report in writing to the Minister, setting out the grounds of those objections, and its decision thereon.
(3)  The Minister, after such inquiry as he thinks fit, may confirm, modify, or reverse the decision of the Board.
(4)  A decision of the Minister under subsection (3) of this section is final.

20H.   If no objection, Board's decision to be final

[Section 20H Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ][Section 20H Amended by No. 74 of 1955, s. 6 ]If no objection is received by the Board within the period referred to in section twenty G , the Board's decision as to the proposed name or alteration is final.

20J.   Publication of final decision as to alteration of name

[Section 20J Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ]
(1)  [Section 20J Subsection (1) substituted by No. 74 of 1955, s. 7 ][Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 31 of 1964, s. 5 ][Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 57 of 1996, s. 55 and Sched. 5 ]The Board shall cause –
(a) notice of a decision of the Minister under section twenty G in respect of a proposed name or alteration, or, if there has been no objection thereto, the decision of the Board thereon, to be published in the Gazette; and
(b) a copy of that notice to be forwarded to –
(i) [Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] the Secretary of the responsible Department in relation to the Public Works Construction Act 1880 ; and
(ii) [Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] the Commissioner of Police; and
(iii) [Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] the Commissioner for Transport; and
(iv) [Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] Tourism Tasmania; and
(v) [Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] [Section 20J Subsection (1) amended by No. 28 of 2009, s. 58, Applied:01 Sep 2009] the Tasmanian Planning Commission; and
(vi) the council affected by the decision.
(2)  [Section 20J Subsection (2) amended by No. 74 of 1955, s. 7 ]A decision under section twenty G takes effect only on such date as may be specified in that behalf in a notice under this section, being a date not earlier than one month after the date of publication in the Gazette, pursuant to section twenty F , of the notice of intention to assign or alter a name.
(3)  A copy of the Gazette containing a notice published pursuant to this section is conclusive evidence that the name or alteration to which the notice relates has been assigned or made on the date specified in the notice.

20K.   Approval of names of post offices, &c.

[Section 20K Inserted by No. 30 of 1953, s. 4 ]
(1)  [Section 20K Subsection (1) amended by No. 30 of 1995, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]The Board may, after consultation with the appropriate officer of the Commonwealth, and with the relevant council and with such other persons, if any, as it thinks desirable, approve of the name assigned or proposed to be assigned to any post office or telegraph office in this State or of any alteration made or proposed to be made in a name assigned to a post office or telegraph office.
(2)  Where the Board gives an approval under this section it shall cause notice of its approval to be published in the Gazette, together with the name or alteration so approved and the date on which the approval is given.
(3)  [Section 20K Subsection (3) amended by No. 74 of 1955, s. 8 ]For the purposes of this Act, an approval under this section takes effect from such date, not being earlier than one month after the date of publication of the notice in the Gazette, as may be specified in that behalf in the notice.
(4)  A copy of the Gazette containing a notice published pursuant to this section is conclusive evidence that the name or alteration has been assigned or made on the date specified in the notice, and that the Board has approved of the name or alteration so assigned or made.

21.   Regulations

The Governor may make regulations prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and in particular for –
(a) [Section 21 Amended by No. 17 of 1996, Applied:10 Apr 2002] regulating the establishment of permanent marks under this Act; and
(b) prescribing conventional signs to be used on plans required to be prepared and forwarded to the Surveyor-General under this Act; and
(c) empowering the Surveyor-General to call for the production of the field notes of any survey a plan of which is registered, or forwarded, or set out on any list forwarded, to the Surveyor-General, under this Act.