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Strategic Planner - Identified Position

Darebin City Council
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants only
  • Permanent, full time, circa $88k plus super, RDO
  • Located in Preston, nearby transport

About City of Darebin and Council

Darebin is situated on the Traditional Owner lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people. It is home to many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, and a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work, live and play within the municipality.

Darebin is also home to one of the most diverse communities in Victoria in terms of culture, language (more than 118 languages are spoken), ethnicity, faith and beliefs, gender, age, ability, sexuality, gender identity, class, socio-economic status, income, education level, occupation and caring responsibility.

Council responds to the many needs of the Darebin community, notably First Nations residents and organisations.

The Strategic Planning team develops policies and strategies relating to land use and development in Darebin. Our projects cover a broad range of areas, including affordable housing, open space, developer contributions, structure planning and strategic redevelopment. We ensure projects create benefit for the community and balance the needs of different stakeholders.

About the Role

Apply your knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues to the planning system. Develop policies to address housing inequality and increase affordable housing supply. Engage with community and other stakeholders on planning and housing issues.


  • Engage with local residents and community groups regarding planning issues
  • Collaborate with team members to deliver large scale, place-based projects
  • Prepare and administer planning scheme amendments
  • Research issues affecting Darebin, including environmental, economic and social
  • Develop policy and strategies in relation to urban development and land use

Skills & Experience

  • Understanding of the Victorian planning system and issues affecting metropolitan Melbourne
  • Qualifications in urban planning
  • Experience in strategic planning and policy development

Organisational Culture

As the local government responsible for an area situated on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People, and home to many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, Council recognises, pays respect to and celebrates the long-standing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage within the Darebin community. Through its 2019 Statement of commitment to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Council has re-committed to building strong partnerships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, recognising their values, living culture and practices, continuing spiritual connection to the land and waters and their right to self-determination.

Joining Darebin, you will work for an organisation that proudly values respect, social inclusion, and making a difference to our community.

Strategic Planning is a supportive and inclusive team; we help each other and work together to solve problems. We are a passionate and engaged group and are committed to ensuring the planning system creates positive change for Darebin.


  • Connect with a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and organisations
  • Practise, participate in and celebrate culture, knowing Council respects Aboriginal cultural rights
  • Learn and gain knowledge on the job, as part of endorsed work practices for First Nations staff
  • Work with a passionate, supportive and dedicated team
  • Career development, training and study opportunities
  • Access to secure on-site bicycle parking and a range of conveniently located public transport options

How to Apply

Please prepare your resume, and ensure it shows how you would be a great fit for the role. To submit your application click ‘Apply Now’.

Contact the hiring manager, Sophie Jordan, Principal Strategic Planner on 03 8470 8461 or Jimmy Kyle, our Aboriginal Employment and Programs Officer on 03 8470 8589 for a confidential discussion.

Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for this position. This action constitutes a special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

The City of Darebin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organisation, or other non-merit factors. Darebin is committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment that embraces and values child safety, and thorough ‘Safety Screening’ processes apply.

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