Development Planner

Seeking experienced Development Planners looking for either full time or part time opportunities to join our team at the Sunshine Council.

Permanent Full-time

Closed 3 hours ago


Mon 24 June 2024


Development Planning & Services




Permanent Full-time

$89K – $102K Total Remuneration Package

$79K – $91K Base Salary

Location: Maroochydore

Vacancy No: 5140

Permanent - Full-time

Applications close: Monday, 24 June 2024 11:59pm AEST

Why work with us?

At Council, we’re proud of our region. We collaborate with community to achieve truly sustainable outcomes, enhance our enviable lifestyle, and create award-winning places and spaces that are uniquely Sunshine Coast. So, if you love it here as much as we do, and you want to shape our region for the future – you’ll want to join our team!

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.

Council’s Planning Group are leaders in developing integrated planning policy and delivering development assessment services that gets positive results on the ground. We’re in a period of rapid change and growth, and with the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the horizon, our planners are instrumental in shaping the future identity, liveability, and character of the Sunshine Coast.

About the Role

Working for Sunshine Coast Council is about more than just having a good local job. When you join the team, you’ll feel like you’ve chosen to be a part of something bigger.   So we’re actively looking for knowledge from different voices, bringing in new thoughts and ideas so we can remain one of Australia’s most innovative Council’s.

Development Services branch enable sustainable development for the community on the Sunshine Coast by working with industry stakeholders to achieve timely, customer focused development assessment services, advice and advocacy in the areas of planning, engineering, environment, landscape, building, plumbing and legislative compliance.

Our region is transforming from a regional centre to a regional city, promising offering job stability and career development as we tackle some of our biggest projects to date. In this role, you will be exposed to interesting and challenging planning work.

The Development Planner role provides planning advice and assessment in relation to development applications, ensuring compliance with statutory timelines and promoting a consistent approach for planning assessment activities to achieve Council’s growth management and sustainability outcomes.  We support and encourage team members to share ideas, expertise and creative innovation in operations, work procedures, planning practices and service delivery.

As a Development Planner working on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll get to see projects from inception to delivery and be able to see your impact on shaping a more sustainable future in a complex urban environment.

The Development Planner will:

  • Research and provide advice for planning matters and the efficient assessment of development applications to all internal and external customers to deliver on Council’s commitment for efficient and effective development services.
  • Function as Project Manager and process, assess and negotiate on a range of development applications as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in a timely manner, while maintaining a strong customer service focus.
  • Develop professional working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Prepare high quality reports, recommendations, correspondence, briefing notes and information documents relevant to development assessment and other statutory matters.
  • Prepare Standard and Full Planning and Development Certificates.

This position is located in Sunshine Coast City Hall, based in the heart of Maroochydore CBD. This state of the art and sustainable building is designed to achieve an innovative and collaborative workspace.

About you

We are looking for positive and collaborative team members to join our Planning Assessment Team in a full time or part time capacity.  We have multiple positions available including a permanent role, and other fixed term options.

As a requirement of this role, you possess recognised tertiary qualifications in urban planning or that satisfy membership status of the Planning Institute of Australia

You will have demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to apply the relevant planning and environment legislation, regulations, policies, statutory procedures and requirements for land use planning and assessment of development applications.

You will possess time management, work prioritisation and organisational skills to achieve successful outcomes often within a political environment and with stakeholders with competing interests.

You are able to work as an effective team member, in an environment that encourages knowledge sharing, job and/or task rotation and professional and personal development.

You will be a strong communicator with an ability to maintain composure and objectivity in balancing competing demands and workplace priorities that reflects a strong customer focus.

In return, you’ll be working with an outstanding organisation which strives to be our best and work as one team to deliver high standards of service excellence .

Plus you’ll enjoy all of the lifestyle benefits the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

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 and working styles to suit you:

  • Wellbeing: Your wellbeing is important to us therefore we offer a number of different initiatives such as discounted health related memberships, fitness passport, employee assistance program and development opportunities. 
  • Flexibility: We know it is important to balance life and work, therefore we offer flexible work arrangements including a 9-day fortnight and a hybrid work from home model that help you be your best.
  • Extras: Those extras make a difference therefore we offer salary packaging options on novated leases, superannuation, smartphones and devices. We also pay you 17.5% leave loading and generous Superannuation where council will 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 Now’ 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 2023-2027.

For specific enquiries contact Danny Rundle during business hours on 0419 282 025.

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 [email protected].

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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