Introduction to NSW planning system

Workshop overview

The planning system is a fundamental component of local government in NSW. Councillors need to have a solid understanding of this system to do their job effectively.

The purpose of this workshop is to develop councillors’ knowledge and understanding of the NSW planning system so that they can make sound planning decisions.

In this workshop, councillors will acquire the core knowledge to navigate and make decisions in the NSW planning system.

It is ideal at the start of a new council term or as a refresher part way through.

Key learning outcomes

The workshop delivers the following outcomes:

  • Overview of the NSW planning system
  • Understanding the key planning legislation including the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979
  • Knowing the key planning terms
  • Understanding councillors’ decision making role in the planning system
  • Acting ethically when making planning decisions
  • Engaging with the community about planning decisions

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for the elected body to attend together. Senior council staff may also benefit from attending.

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What attendees receive

All attendees will receive a handy reference guide on key planning terms used in the planning system, as well as a summary of the key legislation which makes up the planning system. 

Delivery method

We can deliver this workshop in person or online to suit your needs. The workshop duration can also be tailored to meet your requirements including combining the workshop with other topics as part of a package.

Your facilitators

Your instructor for this course is Emma Broomfield, the Founder and Chief Educator at Locale Learning. Emma is a trained lawyer and nationally accredited mediator with a passion for helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities.

Over many years, Emma has worked with local councillors in a range of different capacities. This includes as a Code of Conduct reviewer, coach, trainer, legal advisor and conflict resolution specialist. Emma is known for her warm engaging style and practical training workshops.

What people say about Emma’s training style

"Very professional and astute."

"Informative, knowledgeable, presented well"

"Very engaging – thorough but not overwhelming"

Emma Broomfield Locale Learning

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