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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Public Sector People are currently recruiting four Public Health Officer roles for a Melbourne council based in the CBD. You will be working a four on / four off rota and be responsible for surveilling, investigating and enforcing compliance of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and industry guidelines within high risk industries. You will be inspecting premises to ensure they are complying with any Covid restrictions in place. The role is initially a three month contract but very likely to be extended. You will receive a week of training and onboarding. This is a role with the most prestigious council in Melbourne and an excellent opportunity for a Public Health graduate, a compliance and/or enforcement officer. You will be paid $35 - $40 plus super. Selection Criteria An interest in Public Health Strong verbal communication, you will be working in a community facing role. Comfortable working Four days in a row / four days off and then four night shifts. Available to start mid- August. Please apply using the relevant link with an update resume. For a confidential discussion regarding this role, contact Emma Murphy at PSP on 03 8533 3111.
Public Sector People are currently recruiting an Environmental Officer for a Water Authority on a contract basis. The Environmental Officer works within the Environment team, assisting the team’s role as a business advisory service and with delivering ongoing improvement in environmental management and compliance. The Environmental Officer provides integral support to the Manager Environment & Climate Adaptation and Environmental Advisor roles. This role is suited to a graduate who has had some professional experience, e.g. a student placement or internship and who is ready to build on their experience. Key Responsibilities and Duties Administer key water quality monitoring programs, including Blue-Green Algae, the MID Nutrient Monitoring program, Regional Environment Improvement Plan and other environmental monitoring programs. Assist with the organization's obligations under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003, including ongoing implementation, annual reporting and stakeholder liaison. Providing support for environmental services to business units, including project environmental management, environmental incidents and environmental auditing. Selection Criteria A degree in an appropriate field (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management etc) Understanding of natural resource management principles and concepts, in particular as they relate to the management of water resources. Competent in the use of the Microsoft suite of products. Additional knowledge of software such as GIS will be highly regarded. Benefits Immediate start. Full time role Location is negotiable Opportunity to build your experience within a Water Corporation. Please apply using the relevant link with an update resume. For a confidential discussion regarding this role, contact Emma Murphy at PSP on 03 8535 3111.
Public Sector People are working with a metro council in the Western suburbs on the recruitment of a Senior EHO. You will be able to demonstrate your excellent industry knowledge and previous experience working for a Local Council as an EHO. You will be able to competently complete registered premises inspections whilst communicating with local proprietors in a professional manner. This is a contract role running through to the end of the year and paying $46p/h + super. We also have roles across a number of councils in metro and regional Victoria, if this role isn’t suitable for you but you are available for contract work on a full-time or part-time basis please contact us or apply following the link and we will reach out. You will be working on Customer complaint investigations Public Health and Wellbeing Act inspections Food Act inspections Pandemic Team support Health promotion support and program implementation and development Customer engagement and setting expectations Requirements include: Suitable qualifications – Bachelor of Applied Science or Health Science (Environmental Health) – or recognised equivalency Recent public sector experience as a practicing Environmental Health Officer, or membership with Environmental Health Australia Current Victorian driver licence. Previous Local Government experience as an EHO. 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.
PSP are working with a metro council in the East on the recruitment of a Senior Urban Designer. Joining a newly established design team, you will be working on broad and varied projects, this is the opportunity to champion better design outcomes and generate rich placemaking initiatives in a large LGA. You will be working on major activity centres, revitalization of public spaces and have a strong focus on community engagement and consultation. This role is suited to a Senior Urban Designer who is passionate about making a difference through place-based human centred design. Can offer a contract or permanent arrangement, depending on your preference. Open to full-time or part-time hours. Requirements include: Qualifications in, Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or related discipline, and strong experience in the delivery of related programmes of work. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, SketchUp (or equivalent related graphic and 3D modelling packages), and sound understanding of Local Government Skills in working with consultants, leading a team and engaging with internal stakeholders, government and industry bodies and the community. Benefits include: Flexible working hours Hybrid model remote and office based arrangement Can offer contract or permanent role Band 7 remuneration 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 Senior Strategic Planner for a growth area council in the South East of Melbourne. This role is within the City Planning & infrastructure team, 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 primarily working from home, open to part-time applicants. This is an initial three month contract with opportunity to be extended. $50 - $55 p/h + super. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Experience with developing land use and development strategies, assessing and administering planning scheme amendments. Demonstrated experience in project managing development/contribution plans, and representing Council at Planning Panels would be an advantage 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. .
PSP currently seeking a Band 6 Landscape Architect (2 days) to work for a Northern metro council for an initial 6 month contract period. This council have an increased volume in projects and there is plenty of opportunity for this role to be extended or to transition into a permanent capacity. Reporting directly into the coordinator of landscape and design, you will develop innovative and sustainable landscape architectural solutions for both private and public realms, within established, renewal and urban growth areas ie. transitioning urban design from a planning phase into implementation phase. You will manage complex projects and project teams involved in concept and design development, consultation, preparation of contract documentation including cost estimates and specifications, tendering of construction works, site supervision and project management. This may also require managing external consultants, including project scoping, technical brief preparation and procurement. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or other associated profession. AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign proficiency Demonstrated experience in design development and project management with proven skills in delivering project outcomes within specific timelines and within allocated budgets. Benefits include: Secure a long term contract Add to your portfolio with experience in a growth are council. $60 - $65 per hour, two days per week. 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 currently working with a council located in Melbourne’s Inner-Metropolitan area to a recruit a Band 6 and a Band 7 planner for 3 month contracts (very likely to be extended). Your core function will be to manage a caseload of applications and produce the delegate reports. You will be dealing primarily with Clause 54s, Clause 55s, 5-6 storey apartment blocks and liquor licences. Due to a substantial increase in applications our client requires you to assist one of three planning teams, ensuring that applications are being serviced and producing reports in an effective and efficient manner. This is a Senior role and we are seeking an experienced planner, ideally with previous experience in inner urban Melbourne. You will be using Trim, Pathways and Trapeze. Flexible hours, part-timers encouraged to apply. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Experienced Local Government planner. Ability to work autonomously and manage your time efficiently. Benefits include: Gain valuable experience in an Inner-Metro Council as a senior team member. Competitive hourly rate offering $55 - $65 p/h + super Immediate start Will be WFH/office based as Covid restrictions allow. Flexible hours, happy to accommodate 3 - 4 days per week. 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 seeking a Landscape Architect for a council based in Melbourne’s CBD. Working in the City Design branch, this is council’s centre of excellence for design. It includes Urban Design, Landscape, Architecture and Industrial design teams. In this rile you will be responsible for planning, organising and delivering landscape architecture projects on time, to budget and within the scope and quality in project briefs. Responsibilities are across the full project development lifecycle from concept through to delivery including project scope and specifications, procurement/tendering, managing consultants, contractors and stakeholders (internal/external) to achieve the successful delivery of key milestones and high quality design outcomes. The successful candidate will have public sector experience and strong design and documentation experience. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, or other associated profession. Three years’ plus experience in a Landscape Architecture role, ideally within the public sector. Strong design and documentation experience Benefits include: Flexible working hours. Contract through until December. Work for a council renowned for its focus on achieving good quality design outcomes. 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.