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Expert Determination

Expert determination is where parties to a dispute agree to be bound by the decision of a third party with knowledge of the subject matter.

We have access to a unique group of professional, experienced and ethical experts who bring a world of knowledge in all areas of property and construction. Our experts are bound by professional standards and codes of conducts that are used in over 140 countries around the world. As Chartered Surveyors™, they are considered leading experts in their field.

An independent expert's role is one of investigation. They will take into account evidence and arguments from the partiesand come to a decision based on this, their inquiries, knowledge and expertise.

Cost effective and confidential

Expert determination is cost effective, providing a confidential settlement of dispute between parties with peace of mind that the expert is recognised in their field.

Established experts

Our service can save time researching for an appropriate expert. All professionals on our expert panels are:

  • Recognised specialists with professional accreditation
  • Highly knowledgeable with 5 years specialist experience and 10 years industry experience
  • Know their role and responsibility to the court with demonstrated experience
  • RICS accredited expert witness
  • Bound by our Service Level Agreement and Rules of Conduct

Before appointing an expert, we consider the nature of the dispute, availability, and conflicts of interest.


We charge an appointment fee of $385 AUD (incl. GST). The expert will agree a reasonable fee with the parties involved.

To apply for an expert, please email names and contact details of all parties, the name of the project, and an overview of the issue, to RICS DRS.

Contact the DRS team