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Former cadet appointed Queensland’s top valuer job

A former cadet valuer with more than 25 years industry experience will oversee Queensland’s upcoming land revaluations.

Laura Dietrich - who began her career as a Queensland Government cadet valuer – was recently appointed as the State’s Valuer-General.

“It is an exciting time to step into the Valuer-General role with land valuations just around the corner,” Mrs Dietrich said.

“Property and land valuations have always been a passion of mine and it is an honour to take on this important role.

“Queensland has a large and diverse property market with a wide array of homes in rural, regional and metropolitan locations.

“As a result, our annual land valuations are a massive operation with almost 140 expert valuers gathering on-the-ground information and undertaking desktop assessments.”

Mrs Dietrich began her cadetship in 1989 in Mackay and rose through the ranks to become a senior valuer before going on to work in the private sector.

Most recently she has been leading program delivery for Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority, where she oversaw a number of successful programs including the COVID-19 Business Support Grants..

Mrs Dietrich’s appointment comes as more than 805,000 new land valuations will be issued to landowners in 24 local government areas next month.

The new Valuer-General said the land valuations reflect the market as at October 1,2022.

“Early data so far indicates a number of land values across Queensland showed increases since their last revaluation, despite rising interest rates and changes in economic conditions.

“In particular, primary production land values in the western rural areas have shown significant increases in land values, as have parts of South East Queensland.

The Valuer-General’s decision to revalue a local government area is based on factors including a property market survey, the timing of the last valuation, as well as consultation with individual local governments and industry stakeholders.

Land valuations will remain unchanged in local government area that aren’t revalued.

For more information on valuations visit qld.gov.au/landvaluation

Last reviewed: 28 February 2023