Central Coast Council
Senior Development and Development Planners

Posted: 11 Apr
Closes: 30 Sep
Central Coast NSW, New South Wales



Primary Work Location: Wyong NSW 

  • Use your local and regional planning knowledge to make a difference in the Central Coast community
  • University students or recent graduates with a relevant degree and relevant experience are encouraged to apply
  • Work/Life Balance - 9 day fortnight with flexible/hybrid working arrangements available 
  • Development Planners - Permanent full time roles available across all of Development Assessment
  • Senior Development Planners - Permanent full time roles available across all of Development Assessment.

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Council is committed to providing safe environments that protect the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of children on the Central Coast.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. 

Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

Central Coast Council receives more than 3,000 development applications per year, with a construction value of more than $1 billion, in addition to associated civil engineering approvals, supporting infrastructure and principal certifying authority functions. In the past few years there has been continual growth in development activity across the area, which is expected to continue as the regional economy continues to grow. Due to this continued growth Council is looking for Planners with a range of experience and skills to work across all areas of Development Assessment.

As a Senior Development Planner or Development Planner you are responsible for achieving environmentally and socially responsible sustainable developments for the community. You will provide professional and technical advice for planning, development, property and land use matters to Council, staff, community and other relevant authorities.

You will be responsible for assessing applications related to land use policy and compliance, ensuring relevant legislation and Council’s local laws and policies are adhered to. Seniors will also be mentoring staff and working on more complex projects, all while working for the community and promoting Council’s service in this competitive market. 

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Key activities of this role include:

  • Conducting assessments of development and other planning related applications including site inspections in required timeframes
  • Assessing the impact of development proposals in relation to development issues and determine appropriate development requirements to ensure orderly development
  • Providing detailed reports to Council and other committee meetings, as well as expert evidence in any legal related planning matters.

About you:

  • Your knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and industry practices will allow you to provide robust solutions to internal and external customers
  • You enjoy working on a variety of development planning issues and applications, undertaking specialist research and technical functions as required
  • You enjoy mentoring, sharing your knowledge and expertise, while also learning from others
  • Having a work/life balance is important to you.

About us:

  • We are a large organisation delivering a wide variety of services to our local community
  • You will be joining a team of Development Planning professionals who excel at what they do
  • We offer a supportive work environment with opportunities for career development
  • We provide opportunities to collaborate with subject matter experts from a variety of areas across the organisation.

What we offer: 

  • Weekly pay cycle
  • Generous leave provisions: 20 days paid Annual Leave, 15 days Sick Leave/Carers Leave, Health and Wellbeing Leave, Long Service Leave after 5 years, Additional purchased leave, Parental Leave – 18 weeks full pay/36 weeks ½ pay, Paternity Leave - 2 weeks
  • Novated leasing
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to employees and their families
  • Fitness Passport – access to gyms across the Central Coast and Newcastle
  • Health and wellbeing programs – skin cancer screening, Breastscreen, Flu vaccination, blood donations
  • Recognition of service
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • Individual career development and learning opportunities
  • Reward and Recognition programs.

Please refer to the Senior Development Planner position description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.

Please refer to the Development Planner position description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.

These roles have different salary ranges depending on qualifications and experience:

  • Senior Development Planner - $96.3 to $115.5K per annum + leaseback vehicle 
  • Development Planner - $82.9K - $99.5K per annum

A leaseback vehicle is provided in this Senior role for official duties and private use and your choice of vehicle will be provided when one becomes available in accordance with Council’s Vehicle Policy. In the meantime, either an alternate pre-used vehicle or a vehicle allowance of $200 per week ($10,450 per annum) is temporarily applied for this position due to ongoing issues with supply for new vehicles.

A 9 day fortnight work-cycle currently applies to this role with flexible/hybrid working arrangements available.

Successful candidates may be required to undertake a course of vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus or demonstrate their immunity.


  • Emily Goodworth, Section Manager Employment and Urban Release on ph: 0439 603 850
  • Ailsa Prendergast, Section Manager Residential Assessments on ph: 0448 943 151 
  • Antonia Stuart, Section Manager Development Advisory Services on ph: 0439 136 835

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Closing Date:  ongoing until all roles are filled


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Thank you for your interest in the position.

For more information on applying for a role with Central Coast Council please click on the following link: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/council/about-council/careers-and-volunteering/applying-position

Apply now using our fast, easy to use on-line application process. 

Don't have access to a computer or electronic device? Applications can be lodged at any of Council's Library locations. Pre-book a free 1 hour computer timeslot by contacting your nearest library https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/libraries/our-branches or ask at the enquiry counter.

Please note that you do not need a "password" to use our on-line application system.

You will have the ability to save your application as you go using the 'Save Application' button. You can start an application and return to it later via the automatic follow-up email once you have the time and required information at hand to finally submit your application.  

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To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

Step 2:  Attach your resume 

Step 3:  Attach your qualifications and licences

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

IMPORTANT: If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing recruit@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need.

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 PLEASE NOTE: By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information provided by yourself in this application is true & correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false.  You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks (Referee check, Working With Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, Employment History and an Australian Federal Police Check) as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.

I also acknowledge that I will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept unsolicited resumes or applications being presented by recruitment agencies.