Surveying graduate Dione Bilick has been named the new Surveyor General of WA – the first woman to hold the position since it was established in 1829.
Bilick now controls the integrity of plans and surveys that underpin the state’s land and property information and serves on the Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia to ensure licensed land surveyors meet community expectations.
Bilick’s appointment follows a list of dedicated individuals who have helped shape the history of WA, including 19th century explorer John Septimus Roe and Sir John Forrest, who would go on to become the state’s first premier.
“I feel very honoured to be in a role previously held by such esteemed people,” Bilick says.
Prior to the role, Bilick held a position as underground mine surveyor in the Goldfields and more recently served as Manager Cadastral Subdivisions and Director Location Data Services of Landgate – the state’s source of location information and guardian of property ownership – where she was instrumental in moving plans and field books online.
“Before we did this, surveyors had to travel to Landgate’s Midland office to conduct microfiche searches of survey information,” she explains.
“We are progressing with the automated processing of subdivisional plans, which will save developers significant time and cost.”
Lands Minister Rita Saffioti MLA says she was pleased to see somebody of Bilick’s calibre appointed surveyor general.
“Ms Bilick is an innovator, reformer and leader, committed to providing excellent service to the licensed surveying profession,” she says.
Bilick, who received first-class honours and was awarded Dux of Surveying, says she would encourage young women thinking of beginning science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related careers, such as surveying, to pursue a degree from Curtin.
“I believe that higher education is key to increasing opportunities and choices. As well as developing technical expertise, my degree helped me improve my skills in researching, problem solving, critical thinking and negotiating with others,” she says.
“I chose to study surveying because I liked the opportunity to work outdoors and combine applied maths and science.
“Surveying provides a variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities. It allows you to work in a range of industries, from land development to mining, and oil and gas, and environments, from suburban streets to forests, mines and even the oceans!”
Name: Dione Bilick
Studied: Bachelor of Surveying