Northern Beaches Council

Principal Planner

Posted: 25 Nov
Closes: 09 Dec
Dee Why, New South Wales


Division: Planning & Place

Business Unit: Development Assessment

Title: Principal Planner, Permanent - Full-time Role, 35 hours per week

Salary Range: $106649.9 to $123945.06 per annum + super (subject to skills and experiences)


Stretching from Palm Beach to Manly, the Northern Beaches boasts more than half of all the beaches in Sydney and a population of more than 270,000. Northern Beaches Council was created in 2016 through the three councils of Manly, Pittwater and Warringah coming together to deliver the highest quality services to the community. Exciting new infrastructure projects and community programs have quickly demonstrated the positive impact the new council is having.


Role Purpose
Reporting to Manager, Development Assessment, the position of Principal Planner is responsible for working within a team environment, contributing to integrated development assessment, which reflects the intent and direction of the relevant legislation by project management of more complex applications and associated issues. 


Key Responsibilities
•    The assessment, preparation of assessment reports and issuing of relevant determinations and certificates, including notices of determinations which include conditions of approval or reasons for refusal, ensuring compliance with relevant planning legislation, Council’s Planning Controls, Australian Standards and Council policies.
•    Provides efficient and effective review of new Development Applications and other related applications which takes account relevant legislation, referral requirements and notification requirements.
•    Provides a specialist service in the management and coordination of Pre-lodgement Meetings (PLM’s) through working closely with the Managers, Principal Planners/Planners and Administration Staff.
•    Representation of Council in the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
•    Provides assistance and manage with the delivery of planning advice to internal and external customers through the Development Advisory Service Team as required.



Please refer to the Position Description for more information.


There aren’t many employers who offer career and lifestyle in a single package, but Northern Beaches Council does. We offer an attractive workplace, including:

  • genuine work-life balance and flexible working arrangements
  • employee wellness program and a range of lifestyle benefits
  • values based culture and a teams oriented working environment
  • a culture of supporting continuous professional development
  • high level of technological innovation and systems

How to apply:

Apply online and upload the following information

  • Click on the 'Apply' button to complete your online application.
  • You will have the opportunity to attach your resume and any supporting documentation.
  • Please read the Position Description. You will be required to respond to the selection criteria questions online when you apply. Your response to these questions should demonstrate how you meet the requirements of this role.
  • For further information, please contact Peter Robinson on 02 8495 6435 during business hours 
  • Applications close on 09/12/2021