Urban and Regional Planners develop and implement plans and policies for the controlled use of urban and rural land, and advise on economic, environmental and social factors affecting land use.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required to work in this job.

Tasks

  • compiling and analysing data on economic, legal, political, cultural, demographic, sociological, physical and environmental factors affecting land use
  • conferring with government authorities, communities, Architects, social scientists, Legal Professionals, and planning, development and environmental specialists
  • devising and recommending use and development of land, and presenting narrative and graphic plans, programs and designs to groups and individuals
  • advising governments and organisations on urban and regional planning and resource planning
  • reviewing and evaluating environmental impact reports
  • staying up-to-date with changes in building and zoning codes, regulations and other legal issues
  • may serve as mediators in disputes over planning proposals and projects
  • may speak at public meetings and appear before government to explain planning proposals

Job Titles

  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Urban and Regional Planner

    Specialisations: Land Planner, Town Planner, Traffic and Transport Planner

Fast Facts

  • $1,404 Weekly Pay
  • 14,600 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 81.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.2 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 48.9% female Gender Share

The number of Urban and Regional Planners grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 14,600 in 2017 to 16,200 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Urban and Regional Planners work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,404 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 48.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200712100
200811700
200911600
201010800
20118800
201213300
201310900
201411400
201510000
201610700
201714600
202216200

Weekly Earnings

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.
EarningsUrban and Regional PlannersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14041230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Safety57.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services31.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3.1
Arts and Recreation Services2.4
Other Industries6.4

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 2017, 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.
StateUrban and Regional PlannersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.331.6
VIC34.926.2
QLD25.819.7
SA4.66.7
WA5.410.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.31.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketUrban and Regional PlannersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-248.0-9.99.9
25-3431.1-23.623.6
35-4429.4-21.721.7
45-5420.1-20.820.8
55-597.9-8.88.8
60-640.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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 QualificationUrban and Regional PlannersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate33.6-8.68.6
Bachelor degree66.4-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required to work in this job.

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Employers look for Urban and Regional Planners who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    86% Important

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

  2. Law and Government

    83% Important

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

  3. Administration and Management

    78% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Geography

    77% Important

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  5. Communications and Media

    74% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Developing Objectives and Strategies

    93% Important

    Deciding on goals and the figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  2. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    93% Important

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

  3. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    91% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    90% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3051.00 - Urban and Regional Planners.

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