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Strategic Planner

Work Type: 

$89K – $103K Total Remuneration Package

$80K – $93K Base Salary

Location: Caloundra

Vacancy No: 2551

Temporary- Full-time (Contract till June 2024)

Applications close: Monday, 18 July 2022 11:59pm AEST

Why work with us?

There is no better place to live and work than on the Sunshine Coast, especially with an outstanding organisation like Sunshine Coast Council.


With the vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region - Healthy, Smart, and Creative, council is at the forefront of delivering a number of region-shaping projects that will see the region become a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity, along with opportunities and a lifestyle for all to enjoy.


Strategic Planning Branch is responsible for the development and management of strategic land use planning policy and the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme


As a Strategic Planner you will assist in achieving identified project milestones and outcomes and provide high quality strategic planning advice to internal and external customers and partners.


Key Duties

  • Prepare or contribute to the development of growth management strategies, strategic land use plans, and policies to meet the objectives of Council, including development of project methodology, identification of key issues, management structures and approaches, in accordance with the principles and requirements of the Planning Act 2016, the South-East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 and other relevant land use planning legislations.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of population and land supply monitoring and forecasting tools, including analysis of impacts on the achievement of key planning strategies.
  • Coordinate and manage the assessment of Ministerial Infrastructure Designations and their potential impact on, or alignment with, key Council planning strategies.
  • Ability to think strategically and apply strategy to operational implementation and work effectively and productively within a self-managed team environment for the successful delivery of land use policy and strategy outcomes.
  • Support the project management of assigned strategic planning projects, including supervision of junior planners, managing consultants, and meeting set timeframes.


About you

  • As a requirement of this role, you will have a Recognised tertiary qualifications/accreditations and equivalent experience in the Planning profession, with demonstrated application of such learning in the workplace.
  • You will have the Qualifications required to satisfy membership status of the Planning Institute of Australia.
  • You will possess experience with the legislation, regulations, standards, policies, planning schemes and relevant state government codes, including the Planning Act 2016 and the South East Queensland Regional Plan.
  • You will demonstart skills in project management, time management, statistical and technical data analysis.
  • You will have self motivation and enthusiasm to work effectively within a self-managed environment for the successful delivery of sustainable land use policy and strategy outcomes.


Our Culture & Employee Benefits

Council is committed to creating an inclusive, culturally diverse, healthy, skilled and dedicated workplace culture. As an employee you will enjoy a range of benefits which include but are not limited to:

  • 9-day fortnight - to support your enjoyment of the lifestyle benefits Sunshine Coast has to offer.
  • Pay you 17.5% loading when taking annual leave (4 weeks entitlement per year)
  • Generous Superannuation benefits - council will also contribute 12% Superannuation in addition to your 6% superannuation contribution.


How to apply

Your written application should include:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter demonstrating your ability to fulfil the mandatory and desirable requirements on the Position Profile. Keep the key responsibilities in mind when addressing this criteria; and
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.


Once you have these two documents ready, click ‘Apply for this job’ and follow the prompts to complete your application.


Further Information

Helpful information to assist you in completing your application is available on the Sunshine Coast Council website.


To learn more about Council’s vision and projects, you can view the Corporate Plan 2021-2025.


For specific enquiries contact Josh Walker during business hours on 5420 8988.


We're working hard to create an inclusive workplace that reflects the diverse community we serve. If you require adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process, please reach out to the Recruitment Team



At Sunshine Coast Council, we embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background including First Nations, disability, religion and sexual orientation. To deliver the best service to our region we want a workforce that reflects the diverse community that we serve. Sunshine Coast Council strongly encourages all suitable applicants to apply for this role.

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