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Reference Number 12813
Position Title Planning Officer
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Spence Street
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 3.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 6.3 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

Situated in tropical North Queensland, Cairns is a thriving vibrant city framed by world class attractions such as the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics - Daintree Rainforest and nearby Atherton Tablelands and outback Savannah regions. 

With an estimated population of approx. 165,000 the Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.  With our purpose to “serve the community”, we are committed to providing a sustainable liveable city that enhances our unique lifestyle and enriches our community and region. 

We are now seeking a passionate, innovative and suitably qualified Planner to join our team now!

Reporting to the Team Leader Planning, the key objective of the position is to: 

  • Undertake the assessment of development applications ranging through simple applications to significant/complex applications
  • Ensure that statutory requirements and Council’s expectations in relation to the assessing and processing of development applications are complied with, and carried out as part of a team for the benefit of the Branch
  • Update Council’s Development Assessment On-Line tracking systems
  • Undertake or manage specific planning projects when required 

To be considered for this role you will require: - 

  • An undergraduate, graduate or post graduate qualifications in town planning from a recognised university or other tertiary education institution or equivalent
  • Substantial planning experience, preferably within a Local Government environment or similar
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Sound knowledge of and skills in interpreting and applying the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and any replacements of that act and any associated Legislation
  • Have well-developed Information Technology, verbal and written communication skills and be able to communicate effectively with members of the public, Council Officers, and the development industry 

In return we offer the following benefits: 

  • 19 day month
  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development 

Applications Close: Monday, 29 April 2019

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria please download a copy of the information kit. 

How to Apply:

Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks:-  

  • Pre‑employment medical, which will include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police / criminal history check.
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification / Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check

Employment Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:-

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to work visa
Selection Criteria Essential: Do you possess undergraduate, graduate or post graduate qualifications in town planning from a recognised university or other tertiary education institution or equivalent?
Essential: Do you have planning experience within a Local Government environment or similar?
Essential: Do you have well-developed Information Technology, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with members of the public, Council Officers and the development industry?
Essential: Do you have knowledge and experience in interpreting and applying the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and other relevant associated Legislation?
Essential: Do you have eligibility / the right to work in Australia?
Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email jobs@cairns.qld.gov.au
Closing Date 29/04/2019
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.