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Reference Number 13001
Position Title Senior Strategic Planner
Employment Type Fixed Term 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

Senior Strategic Planner (Temporary Position 12 Months)

Reference Number: 13001
Salary Range: $92,386.93 - $97,812.88 per annum
Location: 119 -145 Spence Street, Cairns
Close Date: Monday, 21 October 2019

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 an innovative and suitably qualified Senior Strategic Planner to join our team now!  

Reporting to the Program Leader Strategic Planning and Sustainability, the key objective of the position is to: 

  • Control and coordinate complex projects and engage in effective interaction at various levels within Council and external to Council.
  • Provide high level specialist advice to other Council officers, stakeholders, executive team and Councillors on strategic planning matters.
  • Provide internal consultancy services to the organisation on strategic planning matters.
  • Formulate and implement policy and strategies relating to strategic planning.
  • Prepare and coordinate amendments to the CairnsPlan and associated planning scheme policies.

To be considered for this role you will require:

  • A graduate or post graduate qualifications in town planning from a recognised university or other tertiary education institution or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated extensive experience within Local Government relating to land use planning.
  • High level of knowledge of relevant State Legislation
  • Knowledge and experience in making or amending planning schemes.    
  • Current Driver’s Licence.

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, see Position Description, click on "Open".

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.

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 planning experience within a Local Government environment or similar?
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 21/10/2019
Position Description
Information Kit - Senior Strategic Planner CD778 VRN13001.pdf Open
Application Guide View Guide
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.