The National Institute of Lands and Surveys (INSTUN) was established on 1 May 1998, following instructions from the Cabinet on 9 July 1997.
At that time, INSTUN was under the Management of the Ministry of Land and Cooperative Development (KTPK). With the establishment of this institute, the training task which was previously carried out by the Training Section of the Federal Director General of Lands and Mines Department (JKPTG) and the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM) is fully managed by INSTUN.
In 2004, INSTUN was placed under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE). Starting in 2020, INSTUN is now under the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA). INSTUN is the only training institution in Malaysia that has been given the mandate and responsibility to train staff involved in land administration, surveying and mapping and related information technology.