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Principal Statutory Planner
  • Permanent, Full-time position with a Monthly RDO
  • Annualised Band 7 Salary range from $99,956 to $110,687 plus 10.5% statutory superannuation
  • An exciting opportunity to work on key statutory planning projects


About the City of Ballarat 

The City of Ballarat, 100km west of Melbourne’s CBD is one of the largest inland regional cities in the country. Ballarat is uniquely located with easy access to Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo and is the Western Victorian capital for a region of 250,000 people.    


The City of Ballarat has a growing economy that attracts and retains innovative businesses, employs a highly skilled workforce and attracts new residents whilst promoting the city’s unique heritage and vibrant cultural life. It has all the services, retail and entertainment opportunities you'd find in a capital city but with a relaxed country attitude. With affordable housing at a fraction of Melbourne prices and a progressive leadership team, now is a great time to join the City of Ballarat.    


Role Overview 

Reporting to the Manager, Statutory Planning, the Principal Statutory Planner is a key member of the planning team. The Principal Planner will lead on the assessment of a variety of complex planning applications as well as mentor and coach more junior members of staff. As a pivotal member of the team, the Principal Planner will also be responsible for devising and implementing identified process improvements as part of a broader suite of measures to be implemented. The Principal Planner will be an active participant in team meetings and assist in guiding discussions together with Planning Coordinators and the Manager. 


About You 

The City of Ballarat is seeking an experienced technical officer who has aspirations to develop their leadership skills. The candidate would ideally have rural/regional experience and an understanding of the planning controls typical of such environments. The candidate should also bring a positive attitude and have a desire to coach and mentor more inexperienced officers. Whilst previous experience as a Principal Planner or equivalent is desired, this is not essential. The candidate will be judged as much upon fit and the desired attitude as much as their technical capabilities. 


Key Selection Criteria 


  • Qualifications and/or experience as outlined above.
  • Proven experience in the leadership and development of staff by coaching, motivating and influencing.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and circumstances, identify key issues and possible solutions and make consistent decisions based on a clear and logical analysis of the Ballarat Planning Scheme and relevant legislation.
  • A proven ability to provide high level customer service in a timely and professional manner.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to liaise and communicate with all levels of management, Councillors, colleagues, and the public.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing process improvements in order to achieve Council’s corporate objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and mediate high-quality solutions to complex statutory planning problems, often in the face of broad opposition.
  • Relevant experience in preparing and delivering submissions and successfully negotiating on behalf of Council at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


To Apply  

To apply for this position please click the Apply button and submit your application. Applications close 12 noon Friday 3 February 2023. 

Please ensure that you provide a cover letter and a current resume and address the key selection criteria. 

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a full employment medical and police check.  




For further information on this position, please contact Connor Perrott, Manager Statutory Planning on 0419 108 257. 


The City of Ballarat is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment that embraces and values child safety, diversity and flexibility. We welcome applications from all walks of life and celebrate the diversity and richness this brings to our workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer.  We support flexible and accessible working arrangements for all and are committed to ensuring that all jobs in our workforce can be performed flexibly. If you're short listed for a role and are looking for flexibility, we encourage you to start the flexible working conversation with the hiring manager to find out what options may be possible for the role you're applying for.   



Job Ref: EB000011
Submitted: 12-01-2023
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