The Opportunity

Local Planning Panel, Chairs and Members

Job Title: Local Planning Panel, Chairs and Members
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Sydney
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2021-02-04
Reference: BH-27996
Contact Name: Public Sector
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 05, 2021 12:36

Job Description

Local Planning Panels         
Chairs and Expert Members
Each council in the Sydney Metropolitan area, Wollongong and the Central Coast has a local planning panel to determine contentious, complex, and sensitive local development applications. Local planning panels comprise of three independent expert members, including the chair, and a community member. Statutory rules govern the operation of the panels through a code of conduct and operational procedures.
The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces approves a pool of independent experts including chairs from which councils select and appoint to their local planning panels. Councils separately select and appoint community members.
We are seeking applications from candidates to be approved by the Minister for the roles of chair and/or expert member, for councils to appoint to their Local Planning Panels before 1 July 2021.
Chairs and expert members are required to be experts in one or more of the following fields: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism, or government and public administration. Chairs must have expertise in law, or government and public administration.

The Role Statement provides the capability areas and competencies required for candidates, including integrity, a sound understanding of the planning and environmental framework of NSW, and legislative process, and the ability to engage and communicate technical matters and decisions with all relevant stakeholders.

Candidates for the role of chair must be able to chair public hearings / meetings and lead constructive and timely debate, influence and negotiate with a variety of stakeholders, and have extensive knowledge of corporate governance.
In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, councillors, property developers and real estate agents are ineligible to be panel members. Probity checks will be undertaken for shortlisted applicants.

Application closing date: Sunday, 28 February 2021

Please apply through Derwent’s website where a Candidate Information Pack and a short on-line application form is available.  Please go to and search the position title. Your application includes submitting a resume, cover letter highlighting your suitability and completing a short on-line form which includes a schedule of councils and roles for you to nominate. The form is available on Derwent’s website and in the candidate information pack. For further enquiries, please contact Derwent by email at