The Surveyors’ Trust exists to collect royalties from the sale of plans developed by surveyors (members) and apply these pooled funds to finance projects that will:
Five years from now, The Surveyors’ Trust will be a vibrant community of spatial professionals, pooling collective royalties and investing in capital and education projects to achieve sustainability for the surveying and spatial industry.How does the Trust work?
Surveyors create plans for their clients. These may be plans for subdivisions, other cadastral plans, engineering plans, as-constructed plans etc. The current priority is cadastral plans.Step 2
The surveyors lodge plans in the appropriate registering authority and also upload these plans to PlanXchange.Step 3
When stakeholders purchase the plans to use for their own purposes from PlanXchange, a royalty is paid to The Surveyors’ Trust. The Trust currently receives funds from the operations of the PlanXchange (via royalties and transaction fees).
Plans purchased direct from the registering authority incur a royalty payment to Copyright Agency Limited (CAL, the declared collection society under the Copyright Act) and this royalty, less administration costs, is passed on to the Trust.Step 4
The Surveyors’ Trust pools the royalties and reinvests the funds into projects and initiatives that advance the industry.Step 5
Members participating in and contributing to PlanXchange have access to plans at reduced costs and to document management systems whereby they can access previously purchased plans as a value-add of membership — in effect, a cloud based secure plan storage facility.
The Surveyors’ Trust’s core values are what the organisation stands for, what it believes in, what it is trying to achieve and what it will be known for. These values underpin the selection criteria of funded projects and strategic decision making.