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

The Department of Planning employs more than 430 people from diverse backgrounds who provide professional and technical expertise and various corporate services to the Western Australian Planning Commission and the Minister for Planning.

Current Vacancies

To view current vacancies at the Department of Planning please visit  Under  “Agency”, select “Planning, Dept of” and any additional search criteria that is applicable to your query.

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 provides quality learning opportunities to develop and refine the professional and personal skills of its employees. As well as job-specific training and development, employees can participate in a range of corporate programs.

The Leadership Development Program for senior managers comprises personal and professional developmental activities designed to expand leadership capability through a collaborative and consistent approach. The program includes twice yearly forums; skills and personal development workshops; and access to sector-wide programs and scholarship opportunities.

For middle managers, the Frontline Management Program provides a nationally recognised and accredited training framework to develop and enhance managerial competencies through focus on practical application and demonstration of competencies within the workplace.

Coaching skills workshops equip managers with the skills to foster positive relationships with their team members and empower them to explore options, make decisions and develop skills and competencies among their team.

The Mentoring Program is designed to pair junior officers with senior employees who can provide relevant professional advice and support over the long-term.

The Scholarship Program provides employees wanting to pursue further education with the opportunity to apply for generous subsidies of up to 75 per cent of course fees.

Performance development reviews

Annual performance development reviews are undertaken to give employees the opportunity to discuss their work performance and career plans with their line manager. The review process encourages open discussion regarding the employee’s achievements and behaviour in line with the Department corporate values, and is an opportunity to identify and negotiate professional learning and development needs.

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.