Emma Murphy, our resident Public Sector People Town Planning Recruitment Consultant, shares her views on the current Town Planning talent market.
Key market drivers.
In the new financial year we’ve seen an increase in demand for contract staff, due to new council budgets and covering for staff taking periods of leave. Council restructuring and staff movements are also affecting talent flows.
This is very positive considering at the start of the calendar year we noticed a decrease in planning permit activity. Some councils commented that it was the lowest number of applications they had seen since 2014.
There's continued demand in the growth area councils such as Wyndham, Melton, Hume, Whittlesea, Casey & Cardinia. The demand for ‘growth area’ experience is increasing as it's a unique form of town planning requiring a unique skillset. These areas are the focus of new residential development along with relevant facilities such as commercial districts, schools and other community amenities and services.
There's a demand for Contract Planners in Regional Victoria, due to covering staff shortages and the increased development in those areas.
What candidates need to know.
Contract Planners are typically being employed for 6 months per contract in regional areas and in metro councils this has been around 3-6 months. Regional councils are typically offer more flexibility and generous hourly rates to attract contract staff.
Contract staff are particularly interested in roles that can offer a varied workload, flexible working hours, an opportunity to work remotely and some security, either in the form of a longer term contract or financially.
Contract roles are a great foot in the door to those who are new to the industry, whether interstate, international or new to the profession. If there is a genuine opportunity to transition into a permanent role, even better to attract contract staff.
Contract roles allow planners to dip their toes in the water of the Public Sector, if they are not sure which direction they would like to take in their career. It allows for flexibility, if someone cannot commit to a permanent role due to upcoming travels or study/family commitments. It also allows planners to get exposure to different types of applications in various councils and broaden their experience.
More about Emma:
Emma hails from the Emerald Isle and recruited for a large global recruiter before she found her new home here in Melbourne. She spends her free time exploring all the best spots regional Victoria has to offer, with the
occasional hike and well-earned brunch thrown in!
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PSP are currently seeking an Open Space Planner for a metro council in the Eastern suburbs. This is a part – time (22.5 hours) contract until November while the role is recruited on a permanent basis. Reporting into the Coordinator of City Design, the purpose of the position is to manage and review the Open Space Strategy, identifying the open space, recreation, sporting and land development needs for the community over next 15-20 years. Prepare strategies, planning policies, develop concept and masterplans for open space projects. Preparation of reports, project briefs and tender documentation. At a strategic level, the Open Space Planner is tasked with the delivery of contemporary master plans, policies and strategies for the open space network within council. You will be actively collaborating with the community and external stakeholders. This role would suit an Open Space Planner, Strategic Planner, Landscape Architect or an Urban Designer. Duties include: Preparation, review and update of strategies, policies and strategies relating to the open space network Developing, implementing, and delivering open space initiatives with appropriate community consultation. Participate in the preparation of the capital works program including developing business plans, project scope and budgetary estimates for urban design and public space projects. Benefits include: Part-time contract – 22.5 hours Contract until November, role will be recruited permanently. Competitive hourly rate. Varied projects, opportunity to develop skills in open space strategy. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are seeking a Landscape Architect for an Inner-Metro Council. This is a short term contract role. This council are located in the south east suburbs. Reporting into the Landscape Coordinator, you will undertake design and landscape plans, concept plans, working drawings and develop and produce streetscape designs. The successful candidate will ideally have local government experience and have previous experience managing external contractors/consultants. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, or other associated profession. Project management experience including liaison with an array of Council divisions, coordinating several conflicting and competing requirements. Proficiency and recent experience using AutoCAD software. Benefits include: Immediate start. Flexible working hours. Hourly rate - $45 - $55 p/h. Be part of a prestigious inner-metro council and add interesting projects to your folio. Mixture of WFH and office based working. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at Public Sector People on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are currently recruiting a Band 5 planner for a metro council, in the eastern suburbs. This is a contract role for a band 5 urban planner. You will be dealing with phone and counter duty, processing extensions of time request, secondary consents, condition 1s. This is an opportunity to build on previous student placement experience or suitable for someone who has had some planning administration experience in a local council. This will be a mixture of working from home and remote working. Requirements Include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Or in the process of completing a tertiary qualification. Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written. Any professional experience in public sector or private practice. Benefits Include: Three month contract, with opportunity for this to be extended. Get a foot in the door with a metro council with a great culture. Immediate start. $35 - $40 p/h + super Please apply with your most recent CV. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People are working with an inner metro council on the recruitment of a Strategic Planning Coordinator for a contract role of at least six months. In this position you will lead and coordinate a team of strategic planners, providing professional guidance, advice and mentoring whist ensuring Council’s strategic planning program is carried out effectively and efficiently. You will be responsible for management of the Planning Scheme, strategy and policy development and stakeholder management. This is an opportunity for someone in a principal role ready to step into a coordinator role, or for someone who wants to move into an inner metro council. Hourly rate is negotiable. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team Highly developed strategic, project planning and project delivery skills, with proven capacity to champion, guide and implement complex major projects Relevant qualifications in in Planning, Property Management, Economic Development, Commerce (or related discipline) and experience in a complex planning environment is essential. Benefits include: Take the next step in your Planning Career! Flexible working hours, combination of office and remote working. Six month contract, but opportunity for a contract extension. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at Public Sector People on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are working with a progressive inner metro council on the recruitment of two Band 5 statutory planners for contract roles. The opportunities have arisen due to some vacancies and needed while permanent recruitment takes place . The Urban Planning Unit, receives a high volume of multi dwelling developments, phone enquiries and ancillary task associated with planning permits. The roles will include being rostered on the phone for general enquiries. Depending on experience, may include drafting delegation reports, processing extension time requests, property enquiries and amendment applications. Competency with Clause 54 and 55 of the Planning Scheme will be highly regarded. This is a fantastic council to join from both a cultural perspective and for career development. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Local Government experience, ideally within Victoria. Excellent customer service skills and ensure a great experience for applicants. Benefits include: Build on your experience in an inner metro council. Flexible working arrangements Start ASAP For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other planning opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are recruiting a Principal Strategic Planner for an inner metro council South East of the CBD. This is a 6 to 12 month contract and you will be responsible for conducting research and consultation, managing projects and developing strategy policies for significant land use, built form issues, corporate and community planning and organisation-wide issues. You will be working on major projects, including a large structure plan for local activity centres. The working balance is three days in the office and two days from home. The offices are located right beside a train station and serviced by a number of train lines. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Demonstrated experience in Strategic planning in a local government context. Experience at a Band 6 level at a minimum, will be able to work autonomously and with limited supervision. Benefits include: Opportunity to be involved in major projects for an inner council. Flexible working arrangements Competitive hourly rate Long term contract. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are recruiting a Senior Strategic Planner (Band 7) for a busy growth area council. This is a fixed term contract through until 30th June 2022, you will be employed directly by council and have all the benefits of a permanent position. You will play a pivotal role in the strategic planning team, project manage and co-ordinate the review, monitoring and development of existing and new precinct structure plans, urban design frameworks, local policies and other strategic projects. You will be joining a team of eight who foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork. You will be supported by management who will provide the tools you need to succeed and empower you to grow and develop. You will be exposed to working and leading the large and varied projects that a fringe council can offer. Did you enter Urban Planning to drive and create change? This role offers you the opportunity to do just that, and right at the coal face. Requirements include: A recognised tertiary qualification in Town Planning or a related discipline. Substantial and demonstrated experience in a broad range of strategic planning projects and policy development including a demonstrated knowledge of planning issues associated with growth areas. Experience in undertaking community consultation on a range of strategic planning projects. Benefits include: Opportunity to drive change in a busy fringe council. Flexible working arrangements. Choose what works for you! Fixed term contract until at least June 2022, likely to go beyond. Join a team committed to developing and empowering their staff. Band 7 salary This could suit a Band 6 planner seeking a step up, or an experienced planner who wants to be involved in a leading role. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are working with an outer ring metro council to the East who are currently recruiting two Senior Statutory Planners for a six month contract. You will be working on a varied caseload, commercial, residential, heritage, rural and some major projects. This is a great opportunity for a statutory planner who wants to gain some exposure to major developments. This council are very flexible and would consider fully remote working or 1-2 days in the offices, depending on your preference. Will also consider a strong Band 5 planner who wants to step into a Band 6 role. This council are fully digital, have a great culture and provide ongoing support to their planners. If you are available for contract work but prefer to only do report- writing (in business hours) please also apply. You must be based in Victoria as you will need to collect equipment, etc. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Must have experience working in Local Government in Victoria. Excellent time management and customer service skills. Benefits include: Progress your career within a metro council. Metro council with a mix of rural and urban issues. Will consider flexible/Part time arrangements. Competitive hourly rates, secure a six month contract. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at Public Sector People on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below
Public Sector People are working with a regional council in the Gippsland region on the recruitment of a Band 6 EHO for a permanent role. The purpose of this role is to undertake all relevant statutory functions and ensure that the relevant requirements of the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008, Food Act 1984, Environment Protection Act 1970, Tobacco Act 1987 and Residential Tenancies Act 1997 are complied with, as well as relevant statutory functions of other statutes, or programs, that are so delegated by Council. This is a permanent Band 6 position, salaried at $81,648 - $88,160 + Super. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent industry knowledge and previous experience working for a Local Council as an EHO. Flexible working arrangements are available, but you will need to spend some time in the office/local area. This is a great opportunity for an EHO ready to step into a Band 6 role or someone who is seeking a lifestyle change. Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health) or equivalent. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, relevant legislation using an outcome focussed and risk-based approach. Ability to investigate and gather evidence to identify contraventions of relevant legislation and take appropriate enforcement, and other action, to achieve compliance to minimise risk. Demonstrated commitment to a team philosophy and a willingness to participate in continuous improvement of work practices. High level of problem-solving skills, policy development and decision-making skills. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of customers and willingness to negotiate solution focused outcomes. A current, valid Victorian driver’s license For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other Environmental Health roles within public sector, please contact Emma Murphy on (03) 8535 3111 |Emma@publicsectorpeople.com.au.