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

Also known as: Public Policy Manager.

Specialisations: Corporate Planning Manager, Strategic Planning Manager.

A bachelor degree and extensive experience are both generally needed to work as a Policy and Planning Manager. Although some workers have undertaken VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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

All Policy and Planning Managers

  • $2,338 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 22,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 56% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Policy and Planning Managers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 22,000 in 2018 to 22,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 15,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Policy and Planning Managers work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Financial and Insurance Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,338 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 56% 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
200820000
200917500
201022200
201125100
201225100
201322700
201422600
201520600
201620400
201721900
201822000
202322500

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.
EarningsPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings23381460

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 Safety59.5
Financial and Insurance Services9.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.2
Education and Training4.6
Other Industries21.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW27.931.6
VIC22.025.6
QLD10.720.0
SA4.27.0
WA6.810.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.41.0
ACT25.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.4-9.39.3
25-3417.8-22.922.9
35-4434.4-22.022.0
45-5430.1-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-644.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationPolicy and Planning ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate40.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.0-21.121.1
Year 126.1-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.2-12.512.5

A bachelor degree and extensive experience are both generally needed to work as a Policy and Planning Manager. Although some workers have undertaken VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and Management

    89% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    79% Skill level

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

  3. Personnel and Human Resources

    72% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  4. English Language

    65% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    64% Skill level

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

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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

    100% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    100% Important

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

  4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    100% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    98% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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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, 11-1011.00 - Chief Executives.

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