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Gateway Town Planner x 2

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Job Ref:  BC1015
Employer:  Blacktown City Council
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Blacktown NSW 2148, Australia (Show on map)


Blacktown City Council is the second largest Council in NSW and a leader in the growth and development of the Western Sydney region. With a population of close to 350,000 and a total of 48 residential suburbs, working in Blacktown City provides a wide portfolio of professional opportunities. At Blacktown City Council we are proud to be supporters of a wide, diverse community and strive towards building the best council in Australia, achieving this through initiatives such as becoming a White Ribbon accredited Council.

About the Opportunity

An opportunity exists for 2 motivated and experienced town planners who are seeking a varied role in Council's Gateway team in the Development Services Unit. Council is seeking 2 town planners with at least 2 years’ experience in the assessment of development applications of varying complexity and typology and preferably with experience dealing directly with our customers.

You will be required to:

  • To undertake the efficient processing of planning enquiries and assist in the processing of pre-lodgement meetings.
  • To undertake the efficient processing of development applications at any stage and other planning tasks in the Gateway or assessment team whilst ensuring compliance with Council's statutory responsibilities, policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Tertiary qualification (Degree or Associate Diploma) in Planning
  • Relevant experience in duty planning enquiries
  • Experience in managing the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in DA assessment and identification of unresolved Planning matters
  • Knowledge of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, and the DPI White Paper
  • Understanding of and experience in local government, planning and the development assessment process
  • Excellent working knowledge of both Council and State Planning Controls that affect the City
  • Project management and case management skills
  • High level customer service and communication (oral and written) skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills (includes problem solving); innovation; and people management skills
  • Computer literate
  • Availability to work flexible working hours
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Current Class “C” Driver’s Licence.


  • Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Significant experience in the delivery of development related services.

Salary and Conditions

The salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with Blacktown City Council’s Enterprise Agreement.

  • A salary range of $1,492.00 - $1,671.00 (Grade 14) per week will be offered depending on qualifications and experience
  • Permanent position 
  • 35 hour working week 
  • Car allowance 
  • Opportunity to participate in Council's flextime arrangement
  • Employee benefits such as leave entitlements, 9.5% employer superannuation contribution

Our Commitment to Safety

Blacktown City Council is committed to safety. We have introduced alcohol and other drug testing at the pre-employment phase, and via a series of random tests, tests where there may be reasonable suspicion and / or post reportable incident testing for Council workers.

Best of luck.

Closing Date: 24 August 2018

Contact Officer: Allison Rowley 9839 6948


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