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GDA 2020

GDA 2020 The attached document was presented to a recent seminar (4-11-16) held by the Office of the Surveyor General in Hobart



General Listing

Open listing (or general listing): A listing given to one or more estate agents which is not exclusive. The estate agent will only earn commission if they introduce the successful purchaser. If the property is sold by another estate agent or by the seller (vendor) then the estate agent who has received the open listing will not be entitled to a commission

Geotechnical Reports

Geotechnical Reports: are reports relating to the structure and nature of the rocks and soil beneath a parcel of land. When are Geotechnical reports required?

A Geotechnical report can be required for all subdivisions with the exception of boundary adjustments which do not create a site intended for development. This requirement may be modified when Council receives regional Geotechnical information.

Who can prepare Geotechnical reports?

The report is to be prepared by a suitably qualified engineering geologist or professional Geotechnical Person. That is, a person who has recognised qualifications and experience in the Geotechnical field and has specific expertise in landslip risk assessment and quantification.

What is to be covered by a Geotechnical report?

The report is to include information about the site and the surrounding area which includes:

geomorphology and slope conditions:
geological history of the site relative to landslip;
surface drainage sub-surface and groundwater conditions,
soil/bedrock conditions.
soil classification relative to AS2870;
changes to natural surfaces, and;
distribution of vegetation.

it is also expected that the report will contain an explanation of the research undertaken including details of the published geological reports and maps which have been examined and an explanation of the findings.

Finally, it is essential that the report quantifies the level of risk and refers to the specific proposal under consideration Statements are to be made about the degree of risk which may result from the possible development and/uses which could be approved on each of the proposed lots. Where risk reduction measures are suggested these are to be written in a manner which can be translated into conditions of approval.

Independent Review

If the conclusions or recommendations of a report are complex or unclear, Council may require a review of the report by an independent engineering geologist or Geotechnical Engineer.

Who Assesses On-site Effluent Disposal Capability of Lots in Unsewered Area?

Council's Environmental Health Program carries out assessment of proposed lots in unsewered areas to determine their ability to dispose of effluent within lot boundaries.


Council has the power to ask for a report when any development application is lodged. glenorchy City Council always ask for a report. They can be expensive but usually represent a clarification for Council and an easier path through the approval process.

We are closely aligned with geotechnical experts and can advise on the best course of action for your application.

Contact us for advice in relation to these matters. 

Government Valuation

Government Valuation: Also known as GA---. The valuation assessed by a municipality or Government Valuer on a regular basis, often every three years or so. The assessment is used principally by local authorities to calculate rates. Over the period of time from the date of the Government Valuation, there can develop a very distinct difference between Government Valuation and market value, as there can also be even at the time the Government Valuation is completed. 


A Grant is the title which is created when Crown Land is alienated in fee simple. It may be a Crown Grant (issued under Common Law prior to 1863) or a land Grant (issued under Torrens Title since 1863).


Guarantor: A person or company who promises to ensure loan repayments will be made by some other person and, if they are not, takes responsibility for the payments themselves. For example, when an invalid pensioner wants to borrow an amount which appears to be excessive for the pension income, a guarantor may be used to make the loan possible on the basis that if the pensioner defaults, the guarantor will pay the loan repayments.