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Planning Officer

Planning and Assessment - Sydney, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
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  • Are you a town planner, urban designer, environmental scientist, engineer, environmental management professional or have another relevant discipline and you are looking to progress your career in a flexible dynamic and rewarding role?
  • Planning Officer (Professional) 1B. Starting salary from $99,102 per Annum (plus super and annual leave loading)
  • Temporary Full-time Role for up to 24 months with possibility for extension and/or conversion to ongoing
  • Location – Parramatta based with flexible working arrangements

About the role
Join our fast-paced collaborative Assessment team as a Planning Officer and help us evaluate and assess some of the State’s major state significant development applications for key sites such as, the Bays Precinct and Sydney Olympic Park, schools, universities, hospitals, gaols and water projects, as well as high-profile and contentious development applications (such as Barangaroo, Football Stadiums and Dams).

It's a truly exciting time to join the Department. We're backing the state's post-pandemic recovery with world-class reforms and initiatives to keep people in jobs, the economy moving and build a public space legacy for generations to come.

We’re delivering a range of reforms that are underway to create a more timely, certain and transparent planning system that fast track the assessment and progression of development projects that contribute to the recovery of the economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll be doing:

  • On a daily basis, working independently in the processing of State significant development applications, providing planning advice to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing complex environmental impact assessments and environmental management.
  • Managing different and competing interests of various external agencies, stakeholder and community expectations to maintain the integrity of the Government’s planning program.
  • Delivering competing assessments in a challenging and dynamic environment.
  • Translating complex technical information into easy to read plain English assessment reports and correspondence.

To find out more about the position, check out the role description here.

About you

  • Experience working in a fast paced and dynamic environment, with proven project delivery within tight timeframes
  • Ability to operate effectively in a political and commercial environment, in a high performing team.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to deliver competing assessments in a challenging and dynamic environment
  • Ability to critically analyse and solve problems on assessment related matters.
  • Able to work independently in the processing of complex Development Applications, providing planning advice to internal and external stakeholders
  • The successful applicant will need to be motivated, experienced in Development Assessment and willing to accept the challenge of proving a high level of service
  • Well versed in the translation of complex and technical information into plain English reports
  • Excellent stakeholder communication and coordination skills.
We welcome applications from those who enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and varied environment.

Enquiries: For further enquiries regarding the role please contact Karen Harragon on 02.9274.6358.
If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Rosie Rivas at rosie.rivas@dpie.nsw.gov.au

About Us
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment drives Government priorities across key areas such as long-term planning, precincts, housing, property, infrastructure priorities, open space, the environment, our natural resources – land, water, mining – energy, and growing our industries.

Applying for the role
Applicants must address their suitability by supplying an updated copy of their resume and a one page cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

Applications Close: 11.55pm, Tuesday 2 March 2021.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.

Our commitment to flexible working:
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity, and delivery of high-quality services. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Our commitment to diversity:
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment recognises that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.


Please refer to role description