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Principal Planner

Temporary Full time 14 Month Parental Leave Replacement position.

Greensborough, Australia

Reference: 5382470

  • Band 7 - $106,527 to $118,968 pa which includes Super, Annual leave loading and RDO (19 Day Month)
  • Based in Greensborough
  • Ability for flexible work arrangements
  • Dynamic and supportive team environment

About Nillumbik:

The Shire of Nillumbik is located 25 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. The Shire covers an area of 430 square kilometres with the southern boundary of the Shire being the Yarra River, and the North-Eastern boundary extending to the Kinglake Ranges.

Nillumbik Shire Council offers its community a wide range of services from all of life stage care and development programs, environmental, leisure and recreational opportunities, through to vibrant tourism, cultural and artistic programs and events, and includes a state-of-the-art waste management system and infrastructure.

Feedback from staff about why they enjoy working at Nillumbik is about the people, helping our community and the diverse and ever changing landscape of Local Government.

About the Role

This position provides technical planning expertise in order for Council to carry out its statutory obligations in administering and enforcing the Nillumbik Planning Scheme and Planning and Environment Act. Leadership and relationship skills are essential to deliver a customer-focused, professional and timely planning service that fulfils Council's statutory obligations with respect to planning legislation.


  • Ensuring planning applications are determined in accordance with the relevant legislative and policy framework, with a focus on quality and rigorous evidenced based decision-making, and within statutory timeframes.
  • Outstanding customer and stakeholder outcomes achieved through effective stakeholder engagement and a collaborative one- team approach.
  • Effective leadership and role modelling, with a positive impact on culture, change and service performance.
  • An industry leading effective and efficient service, delivered through a continuous improvement culture, effective business processes and creative thinking and innovation.

Skills and experience

  • A tertiary qualification in town planning or equivalent related discipline and proven extensive experience in a town planning role in local government or in planning consultancy
  • An excellent knowledge of the Planning and Environment Act and planning processes and extensive experience interpreting and applying planning schemes, policies, legislation and regulations
  • Highly developed proven ability to identify potentially complex problems and circumstances, identify key issues and possible solutions and make consistent decisions based on a clear and logical analysis
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, the provisions of often complex planning issues and planning legislation to all customers, including members of the community, Council officers, Government departments/agencies, and Councillors
  • Proven ability to prepare and complete concise, well-structured and grammatically correct reports and correspondence on planning matters and issues
  • Consistently demonstrated ability to handle stressful situations in relation to planning disputes, often of a complex nature
  • Well-developed time management skills and a proven ability and commitment to customer service principles and a demonstrated ability to provide a professional service to a diverse range of clients
  • Proven ability and commitment to working as a member of a team to ensure that the objectives of Council are achieved, and demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a team environment through the display of appropriate professional work habits and behaviours, and providing support to other team members
  • Well-developed computer literacy and keyboard skills, including skills competency in a Microsoft environment.


  • New digital planning, customer focussed service
  • The chance to contribute to continuous improvement and innovation projects
  • Supportive team environment
  • Flexible working arrangements.

How to apply

  • Read the Position Description (available on our careers website)
  • Click on Apply Now and fill in the relevant information including the Key Selection Criteria
  • Upload a copy of your current resume and cover letter

Applications close at 10pm on 21 March 2021 and applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application at the time it is submitted. If you have not received confirmation within 12 hours, please contact Human Resources at

Nillumbik Shire Council is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and strongly encourages applications from people from all walks of life. We believe diversity of thinking fosters innovation and delivers better outcomes for everyone, and we value a workforce that's a match for our diverse community.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions this position may be required to initially work from home. It is an expectation that the successful candidate will have access to an appropriate home ‘work' space which includes an appropriate desk with sufficient leg room and a suitable chair. As part of the recruitment process the preferred candidate may be asked to provide photo evidence that they have an appropriate and safe place to work. Job required IT equipment will be provided, however the preferred candidate will need an internet connection.

Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia and agree to provide information for pre-employment checks, if required for the position. This position is subject to satisfactory Police Check prior to commencement. Pre-employment checks are not used by Nillumbik Shire Council to prevent any applicant from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Applications Close: 21 Mar 2021

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