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Senior Officer Development Standards

Position Summary

IPA are looking for a Senior Officer – Development Standards. The successful candidate would promote the amenity and liveability of the Gympie Region through investigative processes that maximise compliance with planning related legislation. As a member of the Compliance team, this position ensures an efficient and effective service is provided and that the outcomes, particularly in the area of development compliance are of a high standard, consistent with Council and community standards.

Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Identify non-compliance of development decisions with reference to the Planning Act 2016, the Local Government Act 2009, the Environmental Protection Act 1994, the Building Act 1975 and Gympie Regional Council Planning Schemes;
  • Apply technical knowledge of planning legislation, planning instruments and relevant development codes and policies to make sound decisions about inspection techniques, relevant offences, and suitable penalties;
  • Undertake investigations, gather evidence, facilitate resolution of issues, and initiate prompt enforcement outcomes, if required, in accordance with legislation;
  • Provide clear and consistent advice and direction, demonstrating transparency, integrity and sound judgement;
  • Make recommendations and decisions based on sound risk assessment and apply a proportionate compliance strategy in line with processes and escalations contained in Council Policy, Procedures, and Frameworks that also considers public interest factors;
  • Display engaging interpersonal skills to communicate complex concepts in plain language to customers, and build collaborative and respectful relationships with industry stakeholders;
  • Display empathy and tact when communicating with residents who are concerned about the impacts of development;
  • Maintain clear and factual records that can contribute to legally enforceable compliance outcomes;
  • Maintain timely and effective communication with senior staff about investigation outcomes;
  • Investigate and respond to complaints from members of the community about non-compliant, planning and land use activities;

    Essential Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications Criteria
  • Knowledge of the Queensland planning, building and environment legislative framework.
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills in a specialist technical environment.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills to maintain legislative timeframes.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication and interpersonal skill to facilitate stakeholder engagement and collaborative problem solving with customers, and to facilitate clear and concise report writing abilities.
  • Queensland ‘C’ Class driver’s licence that is current and maintained.

    Desirable Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications Criteria
  • Diploma or similar qualification in local government investigations and/or planning.
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