Planning Practices in Local Government (for Officers)

Planning Practices in Local Government (for Officers)


Planning Practices in Local Government provides an understanding of basic statutory town planning processes in Western Australia. The course will assist Officers who provide a supporting role to town planning, particularly statutory planning services; are within a regional Council that does not have full-time planning expertise and will benefit from understanding the role and function of town planning in local government; and those who are considering part-time tertiary study in town planning and wish to gain a further understanding of statutory planning practice in local government.

The course is intended to provide a broad literacy of town planning, offering a base-line understanding as a foundation for further knowledge gained through work-place experience.

Target Audience

Local Government Officers who work within, or support Council’s planning services and do not have a planning qualification including:

  • planning administration staff;
  • customer service officers; and
  • staff with other technical disciplines such as building surveying, environmental health or engineering.

Learning Outcomes

As a resulting of completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • answer basic public enquiries on town planning matters;
  • understand basic processes associated with development applications, subdivision proposals and scheme amendments;
  • interpret a Local Planning Scheme;
  • understand what is ‘law’ and what is a ‘guideline’;
  • know when public advertising is required;
  • understand the function of R-Codes and how they work;
  • understand the role of a structure plan;
  • understand the broad principles and purposes of developer contribution schemes;
  • understand statutory timeframes;
  • know when a matter needs to be elevated to Planning Officers;
  • understand the Town Planning roles and responsibilities of the Minister for Planning, WA Planning Commission, government agencies, State Administrative Tribunal, Development Assessment Panels, Council and local government officers;
  • the role of the Ombudsman in town planning;
  • know when an application for review (appeal) can and cannot be made; and
  • understand the role of ‘compliance’.


9:00am - 4:30pm (8:45am registration)


$595 (+GST)

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