Roles and responsibilities for the Surveyor-General are prescribed under a diverse range of Acts and regulations of Parliament.
The role of the Surveyor-General includes responsibilities for South Australia's:
- land surveying
- integrity of the cadastre
- land administration
- foundation spatial data
- positioning (geodetic) infrastructure
- Roads opening and closing
- geographic place names
- Adelaide Park Lands Plan
- leadership role within the profession
The South Australian Government, through the Attorney-General and the Surveyor-General, is responsible for the legislation, regulation, and setting of survey practice standards.