Careers at Council

Planning & Development

Shape the future of Australian cities, towns and suburbs with a career in planning and development.

By developing effective strategies, you’ll be an integral part of delivering vibrant and livable communities, protecting our natural environment and providing adequate infrastructure and green spaces.

You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that the work you do impacts and shapes the future of your community.


    What we do:

    • Manage the growth and change of urban and regional areas
    • Plan for an adequate supply of appropriate and affordable housing
    • Coordinate and plan for infrastructure
    • Support protection of natural environments and sustainable outcomes
    • Facilitate economic and cultural development
    • Engage with the community and stakeholders to develop plans and strategies and provide advice on planning matters

    Local Government employs planners with expertise in many areas including:

    Strategy and Policy

    • Developing plans for the redevelopment of residential, industrial or commercial areas
    • Strategic land use planning
    • Planning law
    • Heritage and conservation
    • Planning research and project management
    • Assessing development applications


    • Natural resources management
    • Environmental planning and sustainability
    • Water catchment management
    • Coastal planning


    • Social planning and population projections
    • Economic development
    • Community consultation and mediation
    • Health, sport and recreation


    • Transport planning
    • Residential subdivision and new housing development
    • Designing public spaces 
    • Urban design

    Types of Roles:

    Manager of Planning and Development

    Strategic Planner
    Senior Strategic Planner

    Statutory Planner

    Urban Planner
    City Planner

    Town Planner
    Senior Town Planner

    Social Planner
    Social Infrastructure Planner

    Development Planner

    Maintenance Planner – Water and Waste

    GIS Operator
    Spatial Officers

    Graduate Planner

    Student Planner
    Cadet Planner
    Trainee Town Planner

    Planning Compliance Officer

    Planning Assistant


    A university qualification is usually essential for these roles. Over 40 qualifications have been accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. Typical examples are:

    • Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning
    • Bachelor of Urban & Environmental Planning
    • Master of Planning

    Many councils also employ staff to assist with planning enquiries from residents, architects and developers. The following qualifications are suitable for these and similar positions:

    • Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning)
    • Diploma of Local Government (Planning)


    Building Surveying professionals in Local Government assess building plans to ensure they are compliant with relevant building codes, standards and legislation. They ensure buildings are safe, accessible and energy efficient.

    Surveyors can be involved in the entire length of a building project and conduct inspections to sign off on every stage of the construction. They also undertake inspections for requirements such as compliance audits for insurance or dilapidation reports.

    Types of Roles:

    Building Surveyor
    Senior Building Surveyor

    Building Inspector
    Building Compliance Officer
    Building Assessment Officer

    Assistant Building Surveyor

    Building Surveyor Officer

    Development Officer


    Cadet Building Surveyor


    The first step to becoming a Building Surveyor is to obtain a relevant tertiary qualification. A list of appropriate courses is provided by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

    It’s also a good idea to check with the relevant state body in charge of registration and licensing to see which courses are the best fit for you because accreditation and registration requirements vary from one state to another.

    Some current Planning & Development vacancies

    For more job vacancies, visit Jobs

    The Universities Admission Centre

    For more information about university courses visit The Universities Admission Centre.

    My Skills

    For more information about VET courses and training providers visit My Skills.