Senior Planner

Job No: IWC805
Location: Leichhardt Administration Building

About Inner West Council

Formed from the amalgamation of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, Inner West Council is now among Sydney’s larger local government agencies looking after a vibrant community of 185,000 people living in some of the inner city’s most vibrant, creative, liveable and diverse suburbs. As we continue to deliver quality, innovative and inclusive programs and services, we would love it if you can join in our journey towards becoming the best council for our community.

Inner West Council is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity, Work Health and Safety, sustainability, continuous improvement and business excellence. The community is at the heart of the organisation and Council puts its ‘Values First’ with flexibility, integrity, respect and the spirit of team as a set of values and associated behaviours for all levels in the organisation. Employees are expected to demonstrate commitment to these values in performing their respective roles. In addition to these, the following criteria outline those that are relevant to this specific position. 

About the role

Senior Planners will work in both the Development Assessment and Development Advisory Services units. The persons filling these positions may be rotated between the two teams on a time limited basis (such as a 12 month rotation) or as required depending on the workloads in the respective teams.

The purpose of the role is: 

  1. To undertake assessment of complex development applications and pre-development applications in a professional manner within the legislative framework and achieve high quality design solutions through negotiation and facilitation where required.
  2. To participate in an efficient and effective lodgement and duty town planning service in which consistent and accurate advice is provided at a high standard.
  3. Foster a problem solving culture through mentoring and assisting other town planners in the units in negotiating high quality design solutions. 
  4. Identify where changes are required to development controls to achieve better design and planning outcomes.

Please read the Position Description to familiarise yourself with all the requirements and conditions of the role.


$88,980 - $101,757 p.a + super 

Access to an IWC leaseback vehicle scheme


  • Strong learning and development focus and culture
  • Health and wellbeing programs

Key duties

  • Assessment and determination of development and related applications made to Council under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, Local Government Act, and other legislation, particularly more complex applications.
  • Provide formal Pre-Development Application advice.
  • Delivery of accurate, timely and consistent advice to the public through a duty town planning service.
  • Carry out the lodgement of development and related applications to ensure applications are complete and meet a high standard that satisfies Council’s submission requirements.

Some of the required skills, experience and qualifications

  1. Tertiary qualifications in Town Planning or related discipline.
  2. Extensive experience in development assessment in local government particularly in NSW and the social, political, legal and regulatory frameworks in which it operates.
  3. Excellent knowledge of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, Local Government Act and related planning legislation and concepts as they relate to development assessment.
  4. Strong interpersonal communication, collaboration and stakeholder management skills including negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills.
  5. NSW Class C Driver’s Licence.      


Development Advisory Services Manager - Rachel Josey on (02) 9367 9231

Development Assessment Manager Jamie Erken on (02) 9335 2011

Closing Date

Sunday 15 October 2017, at 11:30pm

How to Apply

We recommend you read the Position Description for the role to make sure your application addresses the requirements of the position. Council is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all applicants. Please advise us within the application if you need support, reasonable adjustments to participate successfully in the recruitment process.

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