Development Officer (Building)

Job No: CN2153
Location: Newcastle, NSW

  • Bring your sound environmental planning principles skills to this role.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills to analyse and resolve complex matters.
  • Effectively and successfully engage with internal, external and community stakeholders.
  • Fixed term contract for 12 months - 35 hours per week.
  • Flexible working with optional 9-day fortnight.

Located 160km north of Sydney, Newcastle is New South Wales’ second largest city, and offers the perfect lifestyle and career environment.

Our City is thriving and rapidly transforming. In recent years Newcastle has experienced a significant increase in development activity, with the 2017-18 Financial Year seeing building approvals top $1.2 billion.

Having just relocated to our exciting new work premises at 12 Stewart Avenue, our new environment creates a great opportunity to further align our people with our organisational vision, values and strategic directions, and leverage the great work CN is already undertaking to support cultural improvement.

City of Newcastle (CN) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Development Officer to assess and determine development applications in a timely and professional manner. You will provide consistent and accurate advice to the general public, prospective applicants, Councillors and other customers in respect of statutory requirements, development standards and CN policies.

To be successful in this role you will bring your demonstrated experience with you to carry out thorough and competent inspections of building and civil works, liaise effectively with developers, consultants, trades and other customers to ensure compliance standards are met.

At CN our people are valued and have access to a range of benefits that help balance life at work and at home. These include a range of flexible working options, professional development opportunities and health and well-being programs.

To be successful in this job you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Town Planning, Building Surveying, Environmental Health, Engineering or a related qualification and/or demonstrated capability through past employment experience.
  • Experience and demonstrated competence in the assessment and determination of Development and/or Construction Certificate applications, including the conduct of routine progress inspections on development projects.
  • Knowledge of the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and/or the Building Code of Australia.
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to competently address technical issue
  • Sound written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills, computer literacy and competence in the preparation of reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective team member of multi-disciplinary development project teams.
  • Ability to manage work priorities efficiently and to work independently with a minimum of supervision, with a strong customer service focus.
  • Current Class C drivers’ license.
  • Eligible and willing to work as a CN Accredited Certifier under the NSW Building Professionals Board Accreditation Scheme.


  • Proven experience in dealing with and resolving complex development or building issues, complaints or inquires.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple development projects and teams within strict deadlines including the co-ordination of multi-disciplinary input into development projects.
  • Experience and competence in the collection and preparation of evidence in relevant legal proceeding
  • Ability to participate in organisational change strategies, service delivery and policy reform.

Sound like the perfect job for you? Apply Now!

City of Newcastle proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity to represent the community of our Local Government Area.

All candidates will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the position description. Suitable candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future identical positions for a period of 12 months.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

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Application Closing Date: Sunday 8 December 2019.

Remuneration: $81,620 - $88,966 + 9.5% Superannuation per annum for a 35-hour week

Contact: Brad McCarron, Building Assessment Coordinator – 0418699391.

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