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Reference Number 13462
Position Title Team Leader Planning
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Spence Street
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 7.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 7.3 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

Team Leader Planning

Reference Number: 13462
Salary Range: $94,234.67 - $99,769.14 per annum
Location: 119 - 145 Spence Street, Cairns
Close Date:  Sunday, 14 March 2021

We need talented, committed people – we need you! Opportunities like this are few and far between, so don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to live, work & play in paradise and advance your career with Local Government.

For Cairns Regional Council the community is at the core of everything we do, we are also one of the largest employers in the Cairns region employing approximately 1250 staff.  As the Cairns region continues to grow and evolve, we continue to work hard to address the challenges of population growth, climate change, environmental management, economic development and social well-being and strive to create a sustainable, secure and vibrant future for our community.  

With well-developed transport, extensive health and education services and a high standard of living, affordable housing and surrounded by the lush pristine World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest and with the Great Barrier Reef at our doorstep Cairns is definitely the place to be.

We are now seeking a highly experienced team orientated, customer focussed professional with excellent planning, technical and leadership skills, and the drive to lead a successful team in a fast-paced environment to join us now. 

The key focus of this role is to: 

  • Provide guidance and leadership to the Officers within the Development Services Team in order to achieve Council’s corporate performance and Corporate Plan objectives in relation to Development Assessment, with particular emphasis on a high standard of customer service delivery.
  • Lead and improve Council’s process for assessing development applications having regard to the relevant legislative framework.
  • Ensure that statutory requirements 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 Applicant, Community and Organisation.
  • Undertake the assessment of significant and/or complex development applications as determined by the Coordinator Development Services or Manager Strategic Planning & Approvals.
  • Provide a consistent reference point for customers by establishing ongoing, cooperative relationships and having oversight over their applications. 

To be successful in this role you must have:

  • An undergraduate, graduate or post graduate qualifications in town planning from a recognised university or other tertiary education institution or equivalent.
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Ability to apply a risk management approach to development assessment and conditions.
  • An expert knowledge of and experience in the field of town planning, governance and planning law, and expert skills in interpreting and applying planning and associated Legislation.
  • 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.
  • Ability to manage the team in projects, individual workload and oversight of team members’ workloads.
  • Superior communication and negotiation skills, including demonstrated ability to establish and maintain working relationships with staff and a range of internal and external customers.
  • Proven ability to promote and support the achievement of a customer-focused organisation.
  • Ability to sustain self and others through change processes in an environment of continuous improvement.

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 

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 have graduate or post graduate qualifications in town planning from a recognised university or other tertiary education institution or equivalent?
Essential: Do you have expert knowledge and experience in the field of town planning, governance and planning law, and expert skills in interpreting and applying planning and associated Legislation?
Essential: Do you have supervisory experience and skills in a similar role, including the ability to successfully lead & manage a team / projects?
Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Essential: Do you have eligibility / the right to work in Australia?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 14/03/2021
Position Description
Information Kit - Team Leader Planning #13462.pdf Open
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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.