About The City of West Torrens

As a medium sized metropolitan Council in South Australia, the City of West Torrens (CWT) offers you a chance to make a difference to the lives of residents in the community. We are large enough that we offer learning opportunities to support you in your role, and we're small enough so that you're not just 'one of a number'. With around 250 staff across various divisions, there is always something new happening and projects to be involved in.

Development Officer - Planning

Job No: CWT514
Location: Hilton




  • Outstanding career opportunity with flexible work arrangements
  • Inspire and grow a great team of planning professionals
  • Full-time ongoing position, based in Hilton on the city fringe


The Role

As a member of our Planning Team in the City Development department, you'll be given the opportunity to provide high quality planning assessment services to our community, as well as advice and education around planning matters that relate to West Torrens.

You'll be given a chance to implement new processes, activities and initiatives, and liaise with internal and external professionals and agencies on a range of planning issues. You will be enthusiastic and adaptive working with our customers and colleagues.

As a one of our Planning Team, you will:

  • Assess a range of development applications.
  • Prepare reports for the Council Assessment Panel.
  • Provide professional technical planning and development advice to the community, applicants and key stakeholders.
  • Provide quality customer experience and ensure good customer relations.
  • Interpret and apply relevant legislation under Council’s control.
  • Liaise with internal and external professionals and agencies provide and receive specialist advice on a range of issues, and determine and report their views in relation to the development assessment process.
  • Contribute to the operation of the team and lead change that will achieve improvements to culture, quality, process, outputs and outcomes.
  • Investigate complaints of alleged breaches of legislation and negotiate resolution or prepare documentation and evidence for prosecutions as required.
  • Provide high quality planning assessment services to the community
  • Provide advice and education around planning matters that relate to West Torrens

 'What you look like' and need to demonstrate to be successful 

In addition to your love of problem solving and great relationship building and communication skills, you will possess the following:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent tertiary qualification.
  • Experience preparing briefing papers, reports and general correspondence required for the role.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, previous Development Act 1993, Planning and Design Code and other legislation related to development assessment functions.
  • Eligible to join Planning Institute of Australia Member or Associate
  • Accredited Professional - Planning Level 4 as defined under the PDI Accredited Professionals Scheme (or willingness to obtain on appointment to the role).
  • Considerable knowledge of the Local Government Act, Environment Protection Act and Council Policies applicable to the activities of the position.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office and SA Planning Portal.
  • Current White Card.
  • Current National Police Clearance.
  • Current Class C Drivers Licence

City of West Torrens' Proposition, Beyond the Paycheck

We are committed to providing a positive and inclusive workplace for all employees, ensuring all are treated fairly and respectfully.  We encourage and support a workplace that values individual differences, experiences and perspectives and aim to foster these to achieve organisation and individual benefit.

We are committed to achieving and maintaining White Ribbon Accreditation.

We promote diversity and flexible ways of working, including part time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Our teams are reflective of the communities in which we operate, and we value the unique contribution each member makes. The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing.

We value staff well-being and professional development and offer a range of benefits and support that help balance work and life. In addition to salary you are supported with

  • Excellent work-life balance with a 38 hour working week and monthly rostered day off (for full time employees)
  • Freedom to direct contributions to any compliant superannuation fund
  • A holistic health and well-being program offering flu vaccinations, skin checks, health seminars and more
  • Free access up to 3 counselling sessions through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Journey accident insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Corporate uniform allowance
  • Business Casual dress days in support of charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • Study assistance
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • On-site car parking

So are you interested?

If you can picture yourself working with our City Development team and providing a valuable service to help keep our community safe, click on the position description to find out more about this role.

You may be actively seeking a new opportunity, or perhaps just thinking about your next career move.

Either way, if you would like to consider a new challenge, please register your interest by responding to the questions below and attaching a cover letter and resume. Suitable candidates will be contacted to arrange an entirely confidential discussion.

For all enquiries please contact Nicole Selth, Senior Partner at Bespoke HR on 0413 319 171.





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