Strategic Planning Advisor (VPSG4)

Job posted: 13/05/2024
Applications close: 26/05/2024 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full Time - Fixed Term

Organisation: Department of Transport and Planning

Salary: $92,332 - $104,762

Occupation: Planning

Reference: 4022

Reference: 4022

Occupation: Planning

Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

About the Role

*This is a Fixed Term Position until 30 June 2025

This role relates primarily to the Sunshine Precinct in Melbourne’s west. This is an exciting opportunity to be directly involved in urban renewal through the evolution of a precinct of state significance.

DTP’s Sunshine Precinct team is a multidisciplinary group with a variety of experience and expertise in planning and design, integrated land use and transport, housing affordability, economic development, infrastructure planning, project management and community engagement.

The Strategic Planning Advisor will have a role in helping to shape future land use integration within our rapidly expanding state. Realising these opportunities requires planning, facilitation, and delivery on a range of fronts – housing, employment and industry , public realm, transport and all  aspects of life that are needed to make vibrant precincts.

The  Strategic Planning Advisor will be responsible for supporting the development of policy, plans and strategies including structure plan(s) for the Sunshine Precinct (and other priority precincts as required). In a fast-paced and collaborative environment, this role will have the opportunity to work across government and with stakeholders in local government and the private sector.

To access the Position Description, please click here.

Position Outcomes

This role requires expertise in strategic planning, ensuring alignment with organisational objectives, and guiding others in the planning process. It involves active collaboration with stakeholders to understand needs, prototype solutions, and make decisions within agreed timelines.

  • Work in the team to plan and deliver key outcomes for the Sunshine Precinct (and others as required) including plans and policies and assist in bringing them through government approval processes.
  • Support the development of integrated land use and transport planning for Priority Precincts as a strategic and/or statutory planning subject matter expert, with consideration of strategic land use changes, major transport projects, priority transport modes (walking and cycling), sub-networks of economic significance, local communities, and climate resilience.
  • Proactively lead the assessment of planning and development options or components of projects, including managing potential and emerging issues.
  • Assist in the engagement of contractors, consultants, advisors, and partners and manage the delivery of minor projects or components of a project within appropriate time, budget, and quality measures.
  • Undertake advanced research and critical analysis to develop and deliver innovative solutions to support the planning, investment and delivery of housing, jobs, services, and infrastructure in the team.
  • Prepare high quality briefs, correspondence, reports, presentations, and policy papers to communicate issues and recommendations to senior management, executives, stakeholders, and Ministers.
  • Work and adapt flexibly and collaboratively across government and external stakeholders to support the planning, investment and delivery of jobs, services, and infrastructure in priority precincts.
  • Contribute to effective project performance monitoring and continuous improvement processes in relation to government policies, objectives, priorities and reporting requirements.

Qualifications and Experience


  • A relevant tertiary degree in urban planning, urban design, environment, social sciences or related field and/or extensive experience in strategic planning.


  • Experience working within the Victorian Public Service, or an understanding of government policies and programs.
  • Experience in the delivery of precinct planning projects (including Transit-Oriented Development) in urban infill contexts.
  • A broad knowledge of the Victorian Planning System
  • Proficiency in software and tools used in urban planning, e.g., GIS (Geographic Information System) and other data analysis platforms.

What we offer

  • Meaningful work shaping transportation systems and urban planning
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Collaboration and teamwork with diverse stakeholders
  • Impact on the community's quality of life
  • Work-life balance initiatives and flexible work arrangements
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits packages
  • Professional networking opportunities

Culture Value

We are an equal opportunity employer, embracing a diverse range of applicants such as veterans, and people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA community members, individuals with disabilities and/or health conditions, as well as those from varied faith and cultural backgrounds. At our department, we prioritize the development of a safe, inclusive, and high-performance culture through shared actions and behaviours that align with our strategy and direction. This empowers our employees to effectively contribute to our goals.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Applications are only accepted that are submitted via the online portal. Email/manual applications will not be considered.  

How to Apply

Click the ‘Apply’ button and follow the prompts. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter.  Applications close 9:00 PM on Sunday 26th Of May 2024. For further information about the role please contact Susan Price – Manager Precinct Delivery via susan.price@transport.vic.gov.au

Preferred applicants will be required to complete a police check and may be subject to other pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Transport and Planning will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Strategic Planning Advisor (VPSG4)

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susan.price@transport.vic.gov.au - Manager Precinct Delivery (Sunshine) Susan Price - 1800954306

Strategic Planning Advisor (VPSG4)