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 The quest to deliver the best outcomes for communities throughout Western Australia requires contribution from a wide range of disciplines including urban planning, architecture, environmentalism, heritage practice, aboriginal affairs, engineering, law, cartography, economics, finance, human resources, business, administration, IT, communications and design among others.

The department is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to engaging and growing a diverse workforce.

Current Vacancies

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Work environment and conditions

The department offers competitive employment conditions including a flexible working environment in line with changing business needs and healthy work/life balance options; and quality professional learning and development opportunities.

Flexible work options that can be negotiated, where appropriate and achievable in accordance with business needs, include:

  • flexible working hours and attendance patterns to suit work and personal commitments; 
  • option to telework and work from home on occasion; 
  • permanent part-time work arrangements; and 
  • option to purchase up to four weeks extra leave per year.

More information about the department’s employment conditions can be found in the Public Service General Agreement (PSGA).

Professional learning and development

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) recognises that our people are its most important asset. We are committed to investing in our people to ensure we have the right capability and right culture to support the strategic agenda of the department and achieve great outcomes for Western Australia.

Professional development for our employees is based on the 70:20:10 principle where staff are encouraged to learn on the job, from colleagues and through formal learning. We deliver a range of internal courses tailored to our staff and our organisational context and also support staff to attend external programs to build their capability and professional expertise.

Performance development - MY PLAN

The department has a dedicated performance development process that supports our Statement of Strategic Intent, and Our Values.  The process is aligned to the outcome of enriching our capability and building a high performing and engaged workforce as well as fostering an effective organisation where people want to work.

MY PLAN is focused on coaching and development our staff from entry level to the executive team. The process enables us to identify whole of organisation development needs, support employee participation in development opportunities and achieve individual career goals.

Opportunities for career advancement

All department employees have access to development opportunities on a fair and equitable basis and are encouraged to apply for acting and promotion opportunities when they arise. Vacant and acting positions are advertised through an internal online jobs board.