“Subway Lines” by Marc Anderson, courtesy of thepatternlibrary.com

Qualifications for Urban and Regional Planners are in increasing demand as a range of related professions in real estate, local government and business seek to develop an understanding of planning issues. A shortage of trained planners has been felt at all levels of government, and notably in regional Australia.

Fields of Employment

  • Commercial and industrial development
  • Engineering & architectural applications
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Land use planning
  • Planning law and practice
  • Policy making and implementation
  • Regional development
  • Resource management
  • Statutory or strategic planning
  • Tourism
  • Transport & infrastructure planning
  • Urban design
  • Use and extension of information technology

Possible Job Titles

  • Environmental Planner
  • Local Government Planner
  • Planning Officer
  • Resource Management Planner
  • Statutory Planner
  • Strategic Planner
  • Town Planner
  • Traffic and Transport Planner
  • Urban and Regional Planner

 Employers

  • Community sector organisations in urban development, housing and planning
  • Local, State and Federal government departments and agencies
  • Private consultancy firms
  • Finance and investment houses concerned with property markets
  • Residential developers

Professional memberships

La Trobe University Graduates are eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Links

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA): www.planning.org.au

PIA National Young Planners Group: http://www.planning.org.au/viccontent/young-planners

Global Planners Network: http://www.globalplannersnetwork.org/

Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association: http://www.vpela.org.au/

 

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