Strategic Planner x2

About Shoalhaven Council
Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. Council offers an ideal opportunity to combine a professional challenge with a relaxed coastal lifestyle. Our people do some extraordinary work day-to-day. Council employs over 1300 permanent and temporary employees in a broad range of roles in diverse services and facilities.

Shoalhaven is located about 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. Shoalhaven is home to 107,000 people and comprises many different towns and villages, including the regional centres of Nowra and Ulladulla. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle.

For more information about a career with Council please visit:

About the role
There are TWO positions available and are both permanent, full time working 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. They are based in an office close to Nowra City Centre.

There are 4 salary steps within the grade range shown. Progression through the salary steps is based upon the achievement of performance objectives .

As part of a small team reporting directly to a Team Coordinator, these positions will contribute to:

  • Preparing and implementing local planning documents, including Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement and associated strategies, planning proposals, local environmental plans, development control plans, contribution plans, urban design plans, and other policy documents.
  • Place-based planning and revitalisation activities for Nowra City Centre, Ulladulla Town Centre, and other local centres and precincts, including the Nowra Riverfront Entertainment and Leisure Precinct.
  • Preparing the planning and development controls to guide the delivery of new residential areas, including the infrastructure required to support future communities.
  • Collaborate with other Council groups requiring planning advice and contribute to a range of priority projects and strategies.
  • Prepare submissions to government agency initiatives, policies, or legislation.
  • Attend relevant technical or community-based committees.
  • Assist the public and other stakeholders with strategic planning enquiries.

Skills & Experience
In order to be successful in the position, you will demonstrate:

Essential Criteria:

  • Completion, or near completion, of a recognised tertiary qualification in a field such as urban and regional planning, town planning, or related qualification providing eligibility for  membership of the Planning Institute of Australia.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant environmental planning and local government legislation, and an ability to interpret the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the preparation of presentation material.
  • Ability to consult, share information and work collaboratively within a team and across an organisation.
  • Class C Driver’s Licence.
  • Proof of Australian residency or citizenship

Desirable Criteria

  • Local Government experience in strategic and/or statutory planning.
  • An understanding of the importance of good urban design and its importance to local character.
  • Experience or an interest in preparing and working with development contribution plans, voluntary planning agreements and works-in-kind agreements.

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

  • 4 weeks annual leave
  • Long Service Leave After 5 Years
  • Variable working hours
  • Fitness Passport
  • Novated Lease Arrangements
  • Discounted Private Health Insurance
  • Training and Development Programs
  • Relocation expenses

How to Apply
You will be required to submit an online application by attaching a cover letter and your resume (please ensure you submit in Word or PDF format) and responding to the following questions relevant to the criteria outlined in this advertisement.

  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 share your strategic land use planning and/or statutory planning skills?
  3. Please outline your experience working with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and associated legislation and policy documents?
  4. Please summarise your communication skills, highlighting any written, verbal, or presentation strengths?
  5. Please provide an example of when you’ve worked with others to achieve a shared goal?
  6. What do you see as the challenges for these positions?

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

Contact:  -     Matthew RoseCo-ordinator Strategy Planning (02) 4429 3559

     Ryan Jameson – Coordinator Local Planning (02) 4429 3139

Applications Close: Monday, 31 January 2022 (at Midnight)


Shoalhaven City Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds

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

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