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.

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

A bachelor degree in urban, regional or environmental planning is needed to work as an Urban or Regional Planner. Many Urban and Regional Planners complete postgraduate studies.

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

All Urban and Regional Planners

  • $1,738 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 13,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 46% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Urban and Regional Planners (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 13,800 in 2018 to 14,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Urban and Regional Planners work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,738 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 46% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200811400
200911400
201010500
20118500
201213000
201310600
201411300
201510200
201610700
201715400
201813800
202314900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings17381460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety59.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services25.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.9
Construction2.8
Other Industries8.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW32.331.6
VIC26.825.6
QLD20.320.0
SA5.67.0
WA11.910.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketUrban and Regional PlannersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-246.0-9.39.3
25-3431.5-22.922.9
35-4429.3-22.022.0
45-5419.3-21.621.6
55-596.4-9.09.0
60-644.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate36.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree47.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.0-21.121.1
Year 124.9-18.118.1
Year 110.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.8-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in urban, regional or environmental planning is needed to work as an Urban or Regional Planner. Many Urban and Regional Planners complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Planning Institute of Australia may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Geography

    76% Skill level

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

  2. English Language

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    68% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Administration and Management

    67% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Education and Training

    65% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and 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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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    91% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    91% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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The skills and 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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