Development Planner

Council is seeking a suitably qualified applicant to join our Development Services Group, in the role of Development Planner.

Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. The Shoalhaven is located just 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Shoalhaven is home to 104,000 people and comprises of 49 unique towns and villages. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle and positive work-life balance.

About the role 

This is a full- time permanent position, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm located in Nowra Administration Building. 

The advertised salary is based on the grade of the position, comprising of 4 steps within the range shown. The starting salary is at Step 1 within the grade. Progression through the salary steps shall be based upon the achievement of performance objectives relating to the position.

A Leaseback Vehicle is available for this position.


Reporting directly to the Senior Development Planner, the focus of this position is to:

Provide for the protection, promotion and improvement of the natural and built environment and public amenity and safety by:

  • Providing professional advice, education and guidance;
  • Administering and enforcing the Acts and Regulations under various legislation and Council policies;
  • Working cooperatively with other Council Groups, the whole community and state agencies to achieve improved land-use management, high quality built and natural environments and public amenity;
  • Coordinating, managing, assessing and processing development applications which range up to and contain elements of high complexity and value;
  • in order to ensure achievement of the objectives of the Community Strategic Plan and customer service levels that will ensure the wellbeing of the whole community.

Skills & Experience

In order to be successful in the position, you will be/ possess:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Town Planning, Urban and Regional Planning or a related field
  • Current Class C Driver’s Licence
  • NSW WorkCover Construction Induction Certificate (white card)
  • Up to four (4) years’ experience in local government in the operation and management of the development assessment and control processes.


We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment, and offer a range of benefits:

  • Generous Leave Entitlements
  • Long Service Leave After 5 Years
  • 9 Day Fortnight for Outdoor Staff
  • Flexitime for Indoor Staff
  • Fitness Passport
  • Novated Lease Arrangements
  • Discounted Private Health Insurance
  • Training and Development Programs

How to Apply

You will be required to submit an online application by attaching your resume (please ensure you submit in Word or PDF format) and respond to questions regarding general information about you.

In addition, you will be required to demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements of the position by answering the below questions relevant to the essential criteria as outlined in the job advertisement.

For more information on the application process, please visit how to apply on Councils website.

  1. At Shoalhaven City Council our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional setting.
  2. Please outline the qualifications and experience you possess which are relevant to this position.
  3. Please describe a previous development project you have worked on. What role did you play, and how did the project eventuate?
  4. What methods do you use to manage your workload when operating in a busy environment with competing deadlines?

Contact:  Andre Vernez - Senior Development Planner (02) 4429 5210

Applications Close: Monday 17th May 2021 (at Midnight)


When your application has been submitted completely, you will receive a confirmation email

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