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CoPlan Spaces

CoPlan Spaces will provide up to 50 workstations in DPE offices across NSW for regional councils to base new planning recruits.

CoPlan Spaces supports councils in recruiting planners who live in metropolitan areas and regional centres, by giving council staff access to a DPE workplace in these areas. The idea is that councils can access larger talent pools and hire remote staff in metropolitan areas and regional centres to fill vacant council planner roles.

CoPlan Spaces is an initiative of the Planning Delivery Unit to help alleviate pressure on councils, particularly those who are under resourced due to an emerging shortage of planners in Regional NSW. The 18-month pilot program helps address this shortage, with nearly 20% of councils saying it can take up to a year to find staff.

Larger populations in NSW's metropolitan cities and regional centres means these areas are home to more skilled workers, including planners.

These remote council staff can have a workstation at a DPE office, and can travel to the respective council area as needed for meetings, site visits, consultation, etc. Council staff who take part in the program will also have the opportunity to co-learn and network with other council staff as well as form stronger relationships and work more closely with DPE planners.

Work station request form 

Where are the spaces available?

Workstations can be requested at the following DPE offices across NSW:

  • Armidale
  • Broken Hill
  • Gunnedah
  • Moree
  • Newcastle
  • Orange
  • Parramatta
  • Queanbeyan
  • Wollongong

How can I apply for a space?

Workstations are being allocated to councils on a first come, first served basis, by filling out the workstation request form above.

Councils must state their preferred office location for their new starter. Regional councils may request up to two workstations.

All council staff will be required to meet all DPE Work Health and Safety (WHS) protocol. Council staff will be required to complete a building induction and online WHS training module before starting in their role.

How can I find out more?

Find out more about CoPlan Spaces in our frequently asked questions.

View the FAQs

For more information on any special needs please contact Danielle Huntsman, Assistant Project Officer, Planning Delivery Unit at [email protected] or 02 8275 1801.