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Development Approvals Planner

PSA Consulting is seeking a permanent Development Approvals Planner based in Brisbane (although alternative locations will be considered) with 3-8 years’ experience.

PSA’s leadership in strategic planning and complex development applications along with the provision of integrated land use and infrastructure solutions is what sets us apart.

We champion quality work, inspirational ideas and genuine collaboration. In return, we offer outstanding growth opportunities and a strong work-life balance.

  • Depth of projects comparable to a larger firm – but you’re not just a number.
  • Leaders who are respected in the industry and eager to share their knowledge.
  • An unbeatable culture – we’ve welcomed back several former team members.

Role objectives

You will manage and assist with a wide range of development planning tasks including:

  • Preparation, lodgement and approval facilitation services for a range of Development Assessment Projects in QLD and NSW.
  • Due diligence and independent planning assessment services.
  • Assist in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and Development Application for major industrial, agribusiness and energy sector clients.
  • Provision of Development Assessment services for a range of projects across the residential, commercial, aged care, community, industry, agribusiness, infrastructure and renewables.

Seek to develop long term relationships with clients, understand their core business, provide accurate and creative town planning and environmental advice, and facilitate the required approval processes for their projects.

Work openly and honestly with assessing authorities and to get things done right, the first time, providing better outcomes for all parties.

Supervise the delivery of and undertake technical project and individual tasks for our growing Development Assessment team in a client-facing role.

Apply sound knowledge of developments in the Development Assessment, land use planning and infrastructure sectors within Queensland.

Be professional, dependable and have the ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines.


The main responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Building and maintaining client and business relationships, contributing to bids and pursuing opportunities.
  • Overseeing technical and commercial project delivery to exceed budget, quality, safety and timeframe expectations.
  • Providing direction and technical advice to the team – supporting them to achieve their potential while creating a positive workplace culture aligned with our values.
  • Engaging in professional development and industry networking to develop a strong professional profile and reputation.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, schemes and guidelines, while identifying areas of improvement within the business.

Qualifications, skills and experience

We’re looking for engaged, proactive, passionate and skilled problem solvers who appreciate a challenge and want to leave a positive impact – not just on our clients, but on our people too.

  • Degree in Town Planning, Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent.
  • Professional accreditation and registration (e.g. Registered Planner) (preferable).
  • A minimum of 3 years, and up to 8 years’ experience in development assessment planning in QLD or NSW (or both).
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of development assessment frameworks, approval processes and legislative requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience of managing Development Assessment processes and delivering approvals for clients.
  • Relevant experience managing aspects of projects and delivering solutions within multi-disciplinary teams – applying technical knowledge and commercial acumen.
  • Excellent communication, relationship-building, leadership and delegation skills.

PSA Consulting values

  • Make a difference.
  • Act honestly and with integrity.
  • Be supportive and resilient.
  • Grow sustainably.


Please submit your application including a cover letter indicating how your skills and experience relate to the roles and responsibilities that PSA offers via Seek or to

Your application should clearly indicate how many years of experience in Development Assessment you have.

About PSA

We are dedicated to helping communities, governments, and businesses shape our cities, towns, and regions for the better. From developing policies and strategies to assessing traffic impacts for better decision-making, we provide integrated solutions across land use planning, development approvals, and transportation. Our mission is to foster sustainable development and enhance the livability of urban and rural areas alike, creating environments where people thrive.

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