The Opportunity

Local Planning Panels, Chairs and Members

Job Title: Local Planning Panels, Chairs and Members
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Sydney
Salary: $2000 per day
Start Date: 2021-02-04
Reference: BH-27996-1
Contact Name: Public Sector
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 05, 2021 17:04

Job Description

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.

Candidate information:

Please click here to download a copy of the candidate information pack. For further enquiries, please contact Derwent by email at

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter highlighting your suitability and a resume through the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Please also complete the short on-line application form which includes a schedule of councils and roles for you to nominate, available here. This link is also available in the information pack.

Application closing date: Sunday, 28 February 2021