Town Planners

Our Development Assessment and Compliance team is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Town Planner to assist with the development application process managed by the Unit.

This is a permanent full-time role, working a 9 day fortnight, and offering flexibility for a great work/life balance. 

About the role:

  • Processes development applications and related matters in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
  • Prepares LEP amendments, policies, Development Control Plans in a timely manner.
  • Responds to written and verbal enquiries.
  • Manages the Development Assessment process including recommending the application for approval/refusal and associated follow up processes.
  • Provides excellent customer service to our stakeholders, providing advice on environmental planning instruments and policy matters.

What's on offer:

  • a base salary ranging from $88,141 per annum with competency-based increments up to $101,440 per annum, plus 10.5% super
  • 35 hour week, 9 day fortnight
  • training and development opportunities
  • flexible work options for a healthy work/life balance
  • generous employment conditions (we have too many to list - click here for more).

We are seeking:

  • Degree or Post-Graduate Town Planning qualification.
  • Demonstrated high-level competence and experience in the assessment of development applications whilst working within a government framework.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the assessment of development applications.
  • Well developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and handle conflicting deadlines.

About us:

  • Located on the picturesque far North Coast of NSW, bordering the Gold Coast.
  • The Tweed is a vibrant, diverse location offering a lifestyle near the water, in a rainforest or on a farm.  
  • Tweed Shire Council is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in both traditional and non-traditional roles.
  • Join an employer of choice. Professionals Australia (Local Government Engineers’ Association) has named Council the 2021 Employer of Choice for our great employment practices within NSW local government. 

Where it's located:

This position is based in Murwillumbah, and can be directed to work from any Council work site.

Position closes: 

Friday 3 February 2023 at 12 noon sharp (NSW time).  Late applications will not be permitted.

Click here to view the Position Description

Click here for more information on the Recruitment Process

Click here to view our Values

Pre-Employment Screening:

Tweed Shire Council conducts pre-employment assessments as part of its recruitment process. 

Job offers are not made until screening has been completed. Tweed Shire Council uses third-party providers to undertake:

  • Pre-employment medical – some roles require a functional (physical) assessment, and all positions are subject to drug and alcohol screening (a positive test result means the recruitment process ends and your application will not be considered).
  • Background screening - verifies that the information you have provided throughout the recruitment process is true and correct.  Click here for more information.

Reference Checks are undertaken by the panel. Your 2 referees should ideally be your current and most recent supervisors.  Your referees are not contacted unless you’ve been interviewed and are a preferred candidate.

How To Apply:

You must use your own email address, and not one used previously by another person that has applied for a position with council.

Once you start your online application, you cannot save and return to it later. 

You may wish to prepare your responses in a Word document. You can then COPY and PASTE your answers from Word into the below fields:

  1. Have your Resume document ready to go.
  2. Fill out all questions below. Click 'Next'.  For tips on how to address the selection criteria, click here
  3. You'll then be prompted to attach your resume and other documents (if applicable). Click 'Next'.
  4. Review your application to confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to submit your application.

If you'd like to COPY and PASTE selection criteria fields into a separate Word document to work on over time, please find them listed below:


1. Degree Town Planning or relevant post graduate Town Planning qualification.
2. Eligible for membership of Planning Institute of Australia.
3. Demonstrated high level competence in the processing of development applications within a local government framework.
4. Demonstrated experience in LEP and DCP preparation.
5. Demonstrated capacity to supervise staff.
6. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
7. Extensive knowledge of NSW planning legislation and regulation.
8. Demonstrated capacity to deal with sensitive development and planning matters.
9. Current Vehicle Licence - Car.





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