Planning and Development Manager

If you are interested in applying for this role, click this link or contact Joanne Woldseth from Foundation Recruitment on 0405867171 or email 

About us

City of Palmerston is the Northern Territory’s youngest city and is located 20 kilometres south-east of the Northern Territory’s capital Darwin. It has a population of approx. 40,000 and is currently undergoing a significant period of infrastructure growth and development.

City of Palmerston (CoP) is “A Place for People”. We place people at the centre of all that we do and deliver, by providing excellent services to our community.


Our Commitment to You and Our Customers

At CoP we value

  • Teamwork
  • Commitment and Accountability
  • Sustainability and Self-Sufficient
  • Quality Resources
  • A culture of Continuous improvement 

In addition to our focus on culture, values, and behaviours, we embed our Customer Service Charter in everything we do both internally and externally. The pillars of our Customer Service Charter are:

  • Make it easy for customer
  • Perform with pride
  • Listen, learn and act
  • Evaluate and improve


About the Opportunity    

As the  Planning and Development Manager,   you will have the opportunity to lead the development team to ensure development, planning and private works meet the needs of Palmerston’s growing community. A key objective is to ensure that infrastructure handed over to Council is fit for purpose and meets the required standards and Council’s Community Plan objectives.

The role reports directly to the Executive Manager Projects and Infrastructure Services with responsibility for the acceptance and handover of public assets, including open space, civil and related infrastructure.

About you

You should have Tertiary qualifications in Civil Engineering, Town Planning or Project or Construction Management with relevant experience or a minimum five years of relevant experience in a similar role with relevant Diploma level qualifications. You should have relevant work experience in subdivision development and approvals. With good understanding of statutory planning, and Council’s role in the Northern Territory planning framework, as well as knowledge of standards, current technology and design requirements.  A strong problem-solving skills and ability to resolve complex issues. You should be able to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders for community-focused outcomes. Excellent written communication skills and able to prepare complex correspondence and reports to a range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve community-focused outcomes.

The role will promote and exemplify Council’s vision to meet community expectations, deliver organisational key performance indicators and maintain accountabilities in line with the Community Plan and customer ethos of “people are at the centre of all we do and deliver”.

At City of Palmerston we embrace diversity and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

To view a copy of the position description and to 'Apply' please see below.

Closing Date : Sunday, 24 September 2023