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The RTPI briefing on finding work overseas gives general advice the Guide to Working Internationally also contains useful information of issues to consider, planning systems and how to find work. 

National Planning Organisation

Planning Institute of Australia 

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is Australia's national planning institute (see: PIA has information published on their website including an employment directory, policy, becoming a member, events and news.

A senior member of PIA has made these comments about job-hunting in Australia:

  • The main PIA journal is quarterly and no specialist journal is published sufficiently frequently to be a worthwhile source of advertisements.
  • Advertisements for senior jobs in central and local government appear in the national newspaper (The Australian), which has a section for Public Appointments once a week. Regional daily newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne) also carry such appointments one day a week.
  • Less senior jobs and temporary vacancies are often not advertised in places where UK planners could easily obtain them. It might therefore be worth contacting chief planning officers in larger local authorities, or senior partners in consultancies, to enquire about current vacancies.


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All information on working holiday, study and permanent visas can be found on the Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection website:

Job-hunting websites

Planning jobs are advertised on various websites (do a search on Google etc). Some of the most useful include:

  • Jobs in Planning is a weekly e-mail bulletin dedicated to communicating employment opportunities in professional planning disciplines under such headings as Town/Urban, Statutory, Regional, Transport, Social, Environmental, Economic. See: the Jobs in Planning website.
  • Adzuna
  • Indeed

Recruitment agencies in the larger cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) are generally keen to talk to and advise qualified UK planners. RTPI does not recommend particular recruitment agencies, but it is not difficult to find them with an internet search using the terms Recruitment, Australia, and Urban Planning with the name of a place which interests you. 

Do your own research

Wikipedia has a list of local councils or official State government websites e.g. Victoria. To research planning consultancies where your particular background could give you an edge, start with the Consultancy Directory on the PIA website. A grasp of Australian geography will help, as the quickest way to search for a company is by the name of a city, suburb or local authority. 

Advice from members

Moving to Australia remains a very popular choice for UK planners due to the lifestyle and similar planning system. Many young planners are especially keen to work there and apply for working holiday visas. Although the way planning applications are dealt with is identical to the UK, a zone-based rather than policy based system operates. Ideally people should acquaint themselves with a Council's planning scheme (check out the council's website) and the State's planning provisions.

be realistic, do your own research, identify your transferrable skills and persevere to get the type of work you are looking for.

July 2017

The latest RTPI member to relocate is Marc Zablotny who did so in June 2017. Marc advises to be realistic and identify your transferrable skills. Read Marc's blog here

August 2014

Matthew Todd-Jones emigrated in 2014 on a skilled independent visa as the country was at the time still experiencing a shortage of skilled professional planners. Read Matthew's article here


Updated July 2017