The Planning Academy Courses

The Planning Academy provides quality courses to planners, allied professionals and para-professionals in State and local government in Queensland and to other groups who have a need to understand the planning system as a whole, or particular aspects of it.

Our training courses support the achievement of individual career development goals as well as the training goals of business units and organisations as a whole. We can assist your organisation to up-skill quickly in a changing legislative and economic environment.

Our courses can be grouped into three categories: accredited courses; short courses; and specific training on timely topics.


Award Winning

SP01
Diploma of Local Government (Planning)

This AWARD WINNING accredited planning course is designed for staff working within local government and the private sector to equip them with the planning skills and knowledge to prepare and assess development applications under the relevant state planning legislation.

The course is run over six days within a six month period and is delivered through face-to-face training days.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to planning;
  • Sustainability and planning regulation;
  • Legislative framework for development assessment;
  • Process of a lodged application;
  • Stakeholders in the development assessment process;
  • Communication skills in planning; and
  • Professional ethics in planning.

This course is delivered through the Local Government Association of Queensland as the registered training organisation. Minimum entry requirements apply.

Planning reform is currently being undertaken in Queensland. All of our programs are kept up to date to reflect changes to legislation.



SP02
Working with IDAS (Qld)

This one day face-to-face training is designed for anyone involved in preparing or assessing development applications in Queensland. The program takes a risk management perspective and covers the following topics:

  • Context of Queensland planning legislation;
  • Overview of Queensland planning legislation;
  • Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS); and
  • Dispute resolution.

The majority of the program deals with IDAS, with other sessions included to give context to the system. Program content can be expanded to include greater detail on individual topics and/or to address additional topics nominated by the client.

Planning reform is currently being undertaken in Queensland. All of our programs are kept up to date to reflect changes to legislation.

SP03
Statutory planning - practical skills

This two day face-to-face program is designed for anyone involved in preparing or assessing development applications. It may be especially suited to young planners and allied professionals, in State and local government agencies and the private sector. Content covers the skills necessary to implement planning regulation including:

  • Navigating a planning scheme;
  • Analysing a site;
  • Providing written and verbal advice;
  • Undertaking impact assessment;
  • Reviewing community submissions;
  • Using maps and reading plans;
  • Coordinating input from other professionals;
  • Report writing; and
  • Drafting conditions.

Program content can be expanded to include greater detail on individual topics and/or to address additional topics nominated by the client.

Award Winning

SP04
Town Planning – Councillor’s Training Program

This AWARD WINNING training program is designed for local government elected Councillors. It is a one day face-to-face program introducing planning in the context of local government decision making. The following topics are covered:

  • Development assessment - “The Biggest Game in Town”;
  • Information needed to make lawful decisions;
  • Communicating effectively with Council’s planning staff;
  • Communicating effectively with applicants and community; and
  • Typical planning dilemmas.

SP05
Report Writing for Planners

Half day face-to-face program on how to write persuasive and credible town planning reports. The course covers the following topics:

  • Report writing basics (purpose, planning, writing, structure and use of templates);
  • Writing credible and persuasive town planning reports; and
  • Tips and traps in writing town planning reports.

This course is most effective when delivered together with SP08 Plain English Writing for Planners.

SP06
Planning, LGIPs and Infrastructure Charging

Half day face-to-face program on infrastructure charging planning. The course covers the following topics:

  • Council’s planning role in a nutshell, including conditioning development approvals;
  • Local Government Infrastructure Plans (LGIPs) and charging under Sustainable Planning Act 2009; and
  • Options for infrastructure charging.

Planning reform is currently being undertaken in Queensland. All of our programs are kept up to date to reflect changes to legislation.

SP07
Understanding “Planning Thinking”

One day face-to-face program explaining how planners think and the role of planning regulations in facilitating development.

This course explains “planning thinking” – how town planning regulations work and why, and aims to mitigate risks for business advisers and development practitioners engaged in investment activities and client interaction. The course covers the following topics:

  • “Planning thinking” and the role of planning regulations in facilitating development;
  • Overview of the planning process;
  • Typical dilemmas and conflicts resulting from different stakeholder perspectives; and
  • Working cooperatively with planners.

SP08
Plain English Writing for Planners

Half day face-to-face program promoting best practice in plain English writing and how to communicate planning ideas clearly and effectively. It covers the following topics:

  • Principles of plain English writing;
  • Relevance of plain English writing to planning documents; and
  • Planners' most common writing foibles and how to overcome them.

SP09
Drafting effective
planning schemes

One day face-to-face program covering tips and traps of drafting effective planning schemes, including: 

  • Legislative, policy, procedural and cultural change requirements; 
  • Scheme drafting components; and 
  • Code drafting. 


Specific Training

The Planning Academy can design and run training for businesses, government teams and agencies and peak bodies to upskill their team members on specific topics. Topics have recently included:

  • Transport and land use integration;
  • Natural resource management;
  • Code drafting;
  • Time management;
  • Using GIS in planning;
  • Review of local planning instruments;
  • Performance based planning;
  • Turning vision into reality.

We can also be of assistance with new and changing legislation, including the current planning reforms. For example, we could deliver training workshops to assist:

  • local governments transitioning planning schemes for the new legislation; and
  • State government departments and agencies to quickly get up to speed with new legislation, including regional offices throughout Queensland.

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Phone: 1300 88 4940

Street address:
356 St Pauls Terrace
Fortitude Valley Q 4006

Postal address:
PO Box 205
Fortitude Valley Q 4006

Email:
atlas@buckleyvann.com.au

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