Who We Are

Led by Joe Zita and Stuart Brown, who collectively have over 50 years’ building surveying experience, the team at Approval Systems comprises a group of highly qualified and skilled building surveyors and code consultants with expertise across a broad range of projects and sectors. 

The collaborative team culture ensures that your project, no matter the size, will be subject to review by the most senior members of the team. This approach not only ensures a higher level of quality assurance, but also means every member of our team is constantly learning and honing their building surveying skills. 

Approval Systems provides its clients with the capabilities and experience of a large organisation but delivered by a team focused on personal, quality service.

Meet The Team

Joe Zita


Stuart Brown


Kate Cockerill

Assistant Building Surveyor

Ian Wang

Senior Building Surveyor

Vinh Chu

Assistant Building Surveyor

Theo Zafiropoulos

Building Code Consultant

Matthew Landewee

Building Permit Administrator

Rosemary Blackney

Practice Manager

Anne Marie Connolly



Want to work with us? Here at Approval Systems, we’re always looking for reliable, clever and highly competent people to join our brilliant team. Both the building surveying and operations teams are always open to hearing from kind minds and keen beans for roles at various levels of the organisation. Our team work out of a lovely central CBD office and foster a considerate, quiet and collaborative workplace, with flexibility, integrity, and teamwork embedded in the daily structure of the organisation. And, of course, we celebrate every birthday.

If you would like to submit your interest in a position with Approval Systems, please get in touch with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and respect the traditional owners of the lands on which we work across the land now known as ‘Victoria’, and in particular we acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we primarily work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider Melbourne community and beyond. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded.  This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal Land.

We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart to achieve justice, recognition and respect for First Nations people and a referendum to enshrine a First Nations Voice in the Constitution.

Social Justice Commitment

At Approval Systems, we understand that diversity makes us stronger. We are committed to social justice and the equal treatment of all people, and commit ourselves to the assertion that equality of opportunity, dignity and respect are fundamental rights. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We support the LGBTQI+ community both here in Melbourne and around the world.  We believe in the necessity of anti-racist action. We will not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or economic background, nor tolerate any discriminatory behaviour.