Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction.
As people, governments, banks and commercial organisations continue to demand more assurance of certified standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism.
With around 100,000 qualified members and over 50,000 students and trainees in some 140 countries, RICS provides the world's leading professional qualification in land, property, construction and the associated environmental issues.
An independent organisation, RICS acts in the public interest: setting and regulating the highest standards of competence and integrity among our members; and providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues for business, society and governments worldwide.
RICS was founded in London in 1868, and granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1881. The Charter requires the Institution "to maintain and promote the usefulness of the profession for the public advantage." This commitment to act in the interests of society in everything we do continues to be our guiding principle.
The Head Office of RICS Oceania is based in Sydney and there are offices in several other Australian states and in Auckland, New Zealand.
RICS has these main roles within the Oceania property sector
- To maintain the highest standards of education and training
- To protect consumers through strict regulation of ethics and standards
- To advise organisations, such as governments and regional boards