Senior Officer, Town Planner

Closing date
11:59pm 24/11/2021
Position number
Planning and Design
APS Level 6
Job type
Ongoing, Full time
Immediate supervisor
Manager, Statutory Planning
Security clearance
Salary range

To be eligible to work with the NCA you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be willing to undergo a medical examination if applicable
  • undertake a security assessment to the requisite standard
  • have completed the 'redundancy benefit period' if you received a redundancy benefit from an Australian Public Service (APS) agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer.
Job description

The NCA is seeking an experienced and motivated person to join the NCA’s Statutory Planning and Heritage team in the Planning and Design Branch. Applicants with experience in assessing development proposals are encouraged to apply.

Under limited direction:

  1. Assess works approvals under the National Capital Plan, including the preparation of reports, briefings, and Ministerial responses.
  2. Provide high level planning policy, strategic and general planning advice to the Branch.
  3. Prepare reports on planning proposals and submissions to the NCA on works approvals and processes.
  4. Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders (external and internal), to identify opportunities, achieve outcomes and facilitate cooperation.Represent the NCA at relevant meetings as required.
  5. Manage resources (including consultants and contracts) and other tasks related to the Branch in accordance with legislation and NCA policies and guidelines as required.
  6. Assist the Director, Statutory Planning and Heritage with reporting and administrative functions as required.
  7. Participate as a constructive member of the National Capital Authority and provide reasonable support with Branch functions as required.


Qualifications/Mandatory Requirements
  • Tertiary qualifications in planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture or a related discipline are mandatory.
  • Ability to gain and maintain a security classification of Baseline is mandatory.

Preferred Experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a development assessment environment, with ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Territory’s planning regime.
Selection Criteria
  • Experience in works approvals (development assessment), including a general knowledge of the range of issues which impact on statutory planning processes.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication, analytical, research, time management skills and ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop productive internal working arrangements, as well as undertake external representation duties.
  • Ability to plan for results, manage resources, implement change and to manage own performance within the APS context, including people management, diversity and WHS.

Your application

To apply for the role, candidates must provide:

  • a written application addressing each selection criteria 
  • NCA cover letter
  • a current resume and
  • the names and telephone numbers of two referees

For further information about the duties of the position, please contact Ilse Wurst (Contact Officer) via

Please refer to How to Apply for further information.