Wingecarribee Shire Council
Senior Development Assessment Planner

Posted: 27 Mar
Closes: 14 Apr
Moss Vale, New South Wales


Senior Development Assessment Planner 
Salary Package up to $135,160 inclusive of super and market allowance.
Market Allowance negotiated with the preferred applicant based on competency skills and experience.
Leaseback Vehicle Option.
Flexible Working Conditions.
Mentoring Position – Supporting the coordinator in growing junior assessment staff.
Full-time Opportunity with a 19-day 4-week cycle.


The Opportunity

Wingecarribee Shire Council is at the forefront of an exciting period of growth and transformation, underscored by significant investment across our picturesque towns and villages. As we embrace this wave of development, we are seeking an ambitious Senior Development Assessment Planner to join the team. As an important part of the Development Assessment team you will have responsibility to prepare and review assessment reports and make decisions, mentor staff, resolve issues and represent Council as an expert.

The position will assist the Coordinator and Manager of Development Assessment and Regulation by participating in a business transformation model to achieve cultural change and succeed in accomplishing agreed service delivery outcomes.


Why Wingecarribee?

Nestled within breathtaking landscapes and vibrant communities, the Southern Highlands offers an unparalleled quality of life. With top-tier schools, robust infrastructure, and an array of lifestyle amenities, it's the perfect setting for professionals and families seeking a significant lifestyle shift. Our region is buzzing with dynamic planning and development projects, including:

  • The groundbreaking Southern Highlands Innovation Precinct.
  • The revitalisation of the iconic town centres of Bowral, Moss Vale, and Mittagong.
  • The diverse housing opportunities in the Ashbourne Estate and Renwick release areas.
  • Strategic expansion in seven new living areas poised for development.


Are You Ready for a Tree Change?

Join us in building an even more remarkable place to live and work. If you're a results-driven senior planner, eager for your next challenge and ready to lead change, Wingecarribee Shire Council wants to hear from you.


About Us

Wingecarribee Shire Council is in the magnificent Southern Highlands with a balance of pristine natural scenery and rich diversity of lifestyle choices from its historical past to modern amenities, all at your doorstep. With a population of over 50,000, Wingecarribee Shire has much to offer both the individual and family alike. Only 110 km from Sydney CBD and 70 km from Wollongong, we are a relatively easy traverse for those wishing to commute to the Shire and, equally so, for those who prefer to live in the Shire whilst enjoying an occasional jaunt to the City or Coast.

Our core values of RESPECT include Resilience, Empathy, Sustainability, Pride, Efficiency, Courage and Teamwork define what behaviours are acceptable, expected and celebrated.


Essential Criteria

  1. Degree qualifications in Town Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Science or equivalent discipline with a minimum 3 years’ demonstrated experience in Town Planning / Development Assessment, within a local government context.
  2. Previous experience in staff mentoring and building capacity in order to professionally develop technical skills and experience to meet both assessment targets as contained within the group’s business plan and achieve customer service commitments.
  3. Demonstrated extensive and detailed knowledge of relevant legislation including the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations 2000, with proven comprehensive experience in the assessment of complex development proposals in a variety of residential, commercial and industrial and rural contexts.
  4. Demonstrated ability to build professional relationships within the development industry and provide a high level of customer service.
  5. Demonstrated ability to be resilient to work pressures and demands
  6. Proven analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to critically analyse issues and the ability to develop and implement appropriate solutions.
  7. Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders both internal and external to negotiate outcomes and resolve conflict.
  8. Hold and maintain current C Class Drivers Licence

The Benefits

  • Attractive salary Remuneration
  • Lease Back vehicle available
  • Flexible working conditions, such as working from home one day a week
  • A 35-hour week with a day off every 4 weeks
  • Health and Well Being focus, including access to Fitness Passport
  • Opportunities for professional development and training

Sound like you? We’d love to hear from you.

How to Apply:
Please upload a cover letter, your current resume and responses to the essential criteria. In your cover letter you should choose one of the CORE values of Wingecarribee Shire Council that resonates with you and explain why. For further information about the role, please contact Jon Shillito on 02 4868 0888.

In accordance with Wingecarribee Shire Council’s COVID 19 Safety Plan, we encourage all employees to be COVID 19 vaccinated. Wingecarribee Shire Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer that provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people. We value people of all cultures, languages, capacities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and/or expressions. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications are to be received by Sunday 14th April 2024.