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Urban and regional planner

What is it like to be an Urban and regional planner?

Urban and regional planners create, develop and implement strategies surrounding the use of land in suburbs, towns and cities, and regions. They consider the ethical, legal, economic, environmental and social impact associated with land use and also advise on the appropriate rules and regulations to be followed. Through strategic planning, planners propose and implement plans and policies for future land use and development.  

For more information about a career as an Urban and regional planner, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me? 

As an urban and regional planner, you will have an eye for detail and excellent communication skills. You will also:

  • have an ethical and professional nature
  • be open minded and innovative
  • be able to work independently or as part of a team. 

To become an Urban and regional planner

To be able to become an Urban and regional planner, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional Accreditation 

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is provisionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and graduates may seek Planner registration with the Planning Institute of Australia.


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