Policy and Planning Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate policy advice and strategic planning within organisations.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in two workers have a Post Graduate degree.

Tasks

  • developing, implementing and monitoring strategic plans, programs, policies, processes, systems and procedures to achieve goals, objectives and work standards
  • developing, implementing, administering and participating in policy research and analysis
  • coordinating the implementation of policies and practices
  • establishing activity measures and measurements of accountability
  • overseeing and participating in the development of policy documents and reports
  • consulting with and providing expert advice to government officials and board members on policy, program and legislative issues
  • representing the organisation in negotiations, and at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums convened to discuss policy issues

Job Titles

  • Policy and Planning Manager
  • Policy and Planning Manager (also called Public Policy Manager)

    Specialisations: Corporate Planning Manager, Strategic Planning Manager

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $2,146 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    20300
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    45.6%
  • Female Share

    54.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    87.7%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 20,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of Policy and Planning Managers.
  • They mainly work in: Public Administration and Safety; Financial and Insurance Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $2,146 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200516700
200617100
200724500
200815500
200920400
201023800
201127000
201220600
201322500
201423400
201520300
202020300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings21461230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-time87.768.4
Part-time12.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.540

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety55.4
Financial and Insurance Services8.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.8
Health Care and Social Assistance6.5
Other Industries23.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.531.8
VIC20.725.5
QLD12.419.8
SA4.86.8
WA5.411.2
TAS2.92
NT11.1
ACT21.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-240.8-9.99.9
25-3415.3-23.423.4
35-4436.1-21.721.7
45-5431-21.121.1
55-5911.1-8.78.7
60-644-5.95.9
65 and Over1.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPolicy and Planning ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males45.6Males53.6
Females54.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate45-8.68.6
Bachelor degree34.9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 125.9-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in two workers have a Post Graduate degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Policy and Planning Managers who have strong people skills and can communicate clearly.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Administration and Management

    95% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  2. Personnel and Human Resources

    82% Important

    Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    81% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Law and Government

    78% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    95% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    95% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Getting Information

    94% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    92% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  5. Guiding, Directing and Motivating Staff

    91% Important

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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