Strategic Planner

  • Permanent, full-time position working a 35 hour week with access to Council's 9 day fortnight arrangement
  • Salary range of $1,584.79 to $1,822.51 per week, plus 10.5% superannuation 
  • Exciting role working on long-term strategies and plans to shape a growing area.

Cumberland City Council is located within the fast-growing Central City District and is on the doorstep of two of Greater Sydney’s new cities, between the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Park (GPOP) area and the new Western Parkland City. The Central City District is benefiting from unprecedented city-scale infrastructure investments, making this an exciting time to join Cumberland.

Located 20km west of Sydney on Dharug country, with a population of 240,000 residents, Cumberland is the fourth most populous LGA in Greater Sydney. Cumberland boasts one of the most diverse communities in Australia, with people from many different backgrounds and cultures living alongside one another.

Our people are focused on driving community outcomes, programs and services to innovate, inspire and deliver change for the community we represent.

Cumberland City Council adheres to the principles of a child safe organisation and is committed to the care and protection of all children and young people. Council has worked hard to fulfil its community’s vision for Cumberland as a place where anyone can feel welcome, belong and succeed.


The Strategic Planner will support the development and implementation of the long term land use vision of the Cumberland area. The role will assess a high volume of complex planning proposals, as well as voluntary planning agreements, which reflect the current growth and change occurring within Cumberland.

The successful applicant will require:

  • Completed degree in Town Planning or equivalent, or students working towards their degree with completion within 12 months.
  • Eligibility for membership of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
  • Understanding of urban planning, including planning proposals and the NSW planning system
  • Understanding of the relevant NSW planning legislation, with motivation to learn
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytical and research skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated sound reporting writing skills
  • Demonstrated customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively in a team environment
  • Strong time management and organisation skills, including the ability to work independently, and complete tasks within established timeframes

Download the position description here for more information. 

Position information: This is a permanent, full-time position, working a 70 hour fortnight, with access to Council's 9 day fortnight Accrued Day Off (ADO) arrangement.

This role is predominantly located at Council's Auburn office, with occasional travel required across Council worksites, and may be required to work across any of Council’s work locations.

Salary information: The salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the NSW Local Government (State) Award.

  • Grade 11 of the Cumberland Salary Structure with a salary range of $1,584.79 to $1,822.51 per week per annum, plus 10.5% superannuation
  • The commencing salary will be negotiated, taking into consideration the successful applicant's qualifications, skills and experience related to the role


  • We promote work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements including working from home and ADO opportunities
  • Training and professional development opportunities available to develop skills and grow your career
  • Leave entitlements including annual leave, 15 days personal leave per year, parental leave and access to Long Service Leave after five (5) years (where applicable)
  • Three (3) additional grant days of paid leave over Christmas (where applicable)
  • Health and Wellbeing Programs to support our staff by providing access to online professional learning, paid leave to undertake annual skin checks, COVID-19 vaccinations and to donate blood
  • Subsidies to assist with the cost of wellness and fitness activities
  • Free access to Council owned swimming pools
  • Access to Council's Fitness Passport Program and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Council is committed to providing an accessible, safe and inclusive workplace for all. If you require additional support or any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please let us know during the application process.

Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia and agree to provide information for pre-employment checks required for the position. This may include criminal record checks, qualification and licence checks, and proof of the right to work in Australia (please refer to the position description for the specific qualifications and requirements for this role). Copies of sighted documents will be kept by Council for its records as proof of verification.

Council's COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure has been designed and adopted to protect the health and safety of our people, our customers and the community. It is a condition of employment that all applicants produce evidence of their vaccination status as part of the employment screening process.


Enquiries: Telephone Larissa Hubner on 8757 9409 for further information.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Friday 9 December 2022


To submit your application for this position, please complete the questionnaire below.  On the following page you'll be asked to attach your resume and any relevant qualifications (if required) to complete your application. Make sure you have these attachments ready before you apply as your application cannot be submitted until completed. You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

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