Government & Defence

Urban or Regional Planner

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land in both metropolitan and regional areas.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Urban or Regional Planner do?

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land in both metropolitan and regional areas. They work on projects such as planning new suburbs and communities, revitalising public infrastructure and facilities, retail and commerical developments, and transport planning.


Work activities

As an urban or regional planner, you might:

  • discuss the purpose of land use projects with planning officials
  • hold planning and consultation meetings with governments, developers, the public, or special interest groups
  • formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans
  • develop planning policies for government at a local and State level
  • assess the impact of new transport schemes like new rail links or road proposals
  • redesign urban spaces to improve sustainability, safety, or energy efficiency
  • evaluate proposals in terms of costs and benefits, and recommend land use alternatives
  • recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of planning proposals
  • conserve heritage listed or old buildings, archaeological sites and areas of interest
  • conduct or commission field investigations, surveys, and environmental impact studies
  • keep up to date with planning and environmental regulations
  • conserve old buildings, archaeological sites and areas of interest.

Key skills and interests

To become an urban or regional planner, you would need:

  • excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • respect for differing points of view
  • problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • good judgment and the ability to make balanced decisions
  • research and report writing skills
  • an interest in the environment and sustainable outcomes for communities.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours per week. You may have to attend events such as public meetings outside of normal work hours. Part-time and flexible hours may be available.


You would be based in an office, but would travel to meetings or to visit sites. You may need a current drivers' licence.


How to become an Urban or Regional Planner?

Entry Level Education

To become an urban or regional planner you usually have to study urban, regional or environmental planning at university. You may also be able to study urban or regional planning by undertaking a degree in another discipline such as economics, environmental management or geography. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Population growth, economic conditions, and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners in cities, suburbs, and regional areas.


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