Planning Directors, Perth

Last update 2024-05-19
Expires 2024-06-19
ID #2040046638
185,716 AU$
Planning Directors, Perth
Australia, Western Australia, Perth,
Modified February 22, 2024


Join us as a Planning Director and lead the way in shaping the land use and development of land in this diverse State.
Planning Directors, Land Use Planning (2 positions)
Specified Calling Level 6, $173,101 to $185,716 per annum
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is responsible for planning and managing land and heritage for all West Australians – now and into the future.
Two senior positions are now available in one of Western Australia’s most innovative and forward-thinking agencies. Join our dynamic team and take the opportunity to channel your passion to guide and deliver the vision for planning across Western Australia, for the benefit of our community.
We are seeking professional, motivated and talented individuals with extensive urban and regional planning experience to undertake the role of Planning Director. The roles are part of our Land Use Planning Division and provide high level planning advice and expertise to the Western Australian Planning Commission, Director General, Assistant Director General – Land Use Planning, Executive Planning Director, and other internal and external stakeholders.
The Planning Director, Metropolitan South, provides strategic leadership, direction and day-to-day management for a geographical area that encompasses nine local government areas that cover the southern portion of the Metropolitan region, from Cockburn in the south-western corridor, incorporating Mandurah in the south, Waroona in the south-eastern corridor and to Gosnells in its northern portion. The Director oversees two specialist teams that undertake and are involved in strategic and statutory planning matters and reporting these to the Western Australian Planning Commission within specified timelines. They are also regularly required to report and prepare information on other matters for other public sector agencies or to the Minister for Planning. Active case management of these processes is required, as well as strong liaison with the community, local government, state government agencies and industry.
00015415, Planning Director – Regional South
The Planning Director, Regional South, provides strategic leadership, direction and day-to-day management to the Regional South directorate (located in Albany, Bunbury and other locations) with respect to strategic and statutory planning proposals and applications and associated matters. This role also manages all aspects of the operational performance of the program area to ensure administration of statutory functions is undertaken in compliance with the relevant legislation or regulatory framework. The Regional South directorate provides services to stakeholders covering the coastal local government areas from the Shire of Harvey to the Shire of Esperance, and two inland local government areas of the Shires of Collie and Plantagenet.
Role Requirements
To be successful for this position, you will need to demonstrate:
An accredited tertiary degree qualification in Urban and Regional Planning and/or Development (or equivalent).
Detailed working knowledge of the Western Australian planning system and WA planning framework with a strong understanding of complex structure planning proposals.
Extensive experience working in the Western Australian planning system, or transferable experience in similar systems, including demonstrated experience in both the implementation and design of the planning framework (statutory and strategic planning).
Proven ability to respond to complex planning proposals and work proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders to achieve planning outcomes.
Behaviours within the leadership context of Leading Leaders as outlined below.
Core leadership behaviours outlined in the Leadership Expectations

are applicable to this role and you will need to demonstrate these in the context of Leading Leaders


Leading Leaders context is about getting results through leaders and their teams in a single business area, and by influencing leaders in other business areas.
As a senior member of the organisation, you will champion the Department’s values, fostering integrity, respect, collaboration, professionalism and innovation within an environment of transparency and accountability and we expect all successful candidates to be capable of operating in line with these beliefs.
These are permanent full-time positions, with the Metropolitan role based at 140 William Street, Perth, and the Regional role based in either the Albany or Bunbury office. This recruitment process may also be used to fill future similar permanent or fixed-term roles that arise in the Department or across the broader WA public sector in the next 12 months.
The JDF for these positions will be available upon request.
About us
For more information on what we do, our recruitment process, and why working at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is an attractive proposition, please visit the Department page on the DPLH website.
We have a comprehensive Applicant Information Pack

to provide information about us, the values of the Department and practical guidance on the process for you.
Benefits of Working at DPLH
DPLH offers a broad range of benefits including but not limited to:
Access to flexible working arrangements including working from home or alternate work locations for enhanced work life balance.
11% superannuation, full employer contribution and salary packaging options
Comprehensive learning and professional development opportunities.
4 weeks annual leave with 17.5% loading paid as additional pay every December
3 days additional public sector holidays each year
Cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
Leave for study, bereavement, foster caring and parenting
Free access to a confidential employee assistance program (EAP) for you and your family, which includes psychology and counselling services.
All applications are to be submitted online. Select ‘Apply for Job’, located at either top or bottom of the screen, and follow the instructions. You will need to provide a:
Maximum two (2) page statement demonstrating your skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the requirements of the role.
Comprehensive CV that clearly shows your skills, experience, and key achievements, including the details of two referees.
Further Information
For further information, we encourage you to contact

David Saunders, Assistant Director General , on

(08) 6551 9467

or via email at

In our pursuit of diversity, the Department encourages applications from women, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

If you would like to have a confidential discussion with Denika Seelander, our Aboriginal Employment Officer, about the recruitment process please contact her on 0461 552 881 or email
If you require technical assistance, or have any communication or access needs that require adjustment to allow you to participate in this recruitment process, please contact our Recruitment team on (08) 6551 9419 or via email on
The Department will conduct National Police Clearances and Conflict-of-Interest Declaration and a Declaration of Outside Interests are to be completed by all applicants who are successful in this recruitment process.
Closing date is

9:00 am AWST on Tuesday 5 March 2024.

It is expected that interviews will occur during March 2024. Please ensure you have saved your documents in MS Word (.docx files only) or PDF format and have allowed plenty of time to submit your application, as late, emailed and proforma applications will not be accepted.
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Job type
Full time
19 Feb 24
5 March 2024
Specified Calling Level 6, $173,101 to $185,716 per annum


Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Per annum
Occupation: Planning directors

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