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    Advice needed in regards to potential planning jobs in Australia for an American?

    Hello everybody,

    Although I have read through some of the other threads that discussed emigrating to Australia for planning jobs, I was wondering more specifically what type of planning jobs would best suit an expat from the U.S.?

    I have actually lived in Australia briefly while attending a semester of grad school for urban planning and sustainable development and I have a general understanding of some planning policy there, but by no means am I an expert. So I was wondering if there are certain planning sectors that expats tend to be more aptly placed?

    I would very very much like to comeback to Aus. on a work holiday visa and travel/work around for a bit and hopefully in that time maybe land a planning or urban design job. Any suggestions or info would be great! Thanks

    Cheers

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    I have worked with two American trained/qualified planners and they both work (ed) in Development Control (I think you call it current planning). One of them Siskiyou is still working with me and occasionally posts here. You could pm or email him if you wished for more information - he is a very polite and approachable Oregonian (sorry for making you blush S).

    It is a little counter-logical for the guys I know to have ended up in development control because you need a good knowledge of the planning legislation, which differs from state to state, to be effective in that sphere. Maybe they were good learners. I know Siskiyou did a course or two on legislation. I would have thought strategic planning, or even a more specialist area like economic development, recreation, ecology, heritage or the like, would be less constrained.

    Depending on where you are prepared to live, I am sure you would find a location that would be prepared to train you up with all the local skills and competencies you need, just to get a warm body in the door.

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    I think it just depends on what you enjoy and what your good at. I think some types of strategic planning and urban design would be good- perhaps in private firms. Being a strategic planner myself it can involve a large deal of legislation, but sometimes it does not.

    I think you should look at the projects you have already undertaken and go from there!
    "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" Zoolander

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    Thanks for the input guys. I actually knew a couple people in my grad program who weren't originally from Australia that were working Development Assessment but they seemed a little stressed about that particular position. However I wouldn't mind working in the private sector but as I know here in the states it's a little more difficult to get a private sector job due to the lack of openings and/or advertisement. But at this point the way things are going back over here in the U.S.of A. I would almost take any opportunity in Australia. I dearly miss it, and wonder all the time why I even left in the first place. I guess as Rem said, a warm body through the door would probably help out.

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    Good luck.

    PM or email me when/if you get here and I will point you in the direction of any opportunities I am aware of at the time.

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    G'day nouseforname

    Ditto for all of the above; and some more:

    Here at the City of Greater Bendigo we have just welcomed a new member to our team. Our newest recruit hails from the UK, and while he is finding the legislative component of his new position a little daunting, with the full support of our team, and his obvious desire to learn, he will soon be up to speed and pumping.

    Further to the above, we have a couple of senior positions currently available (both salaried at about 80k AUD), and we would welcome interest from you as we are a very culturally mobile team.

    If you lean towards strategic/urban design, you may want to have a look at this one:

    Urban Design Advisor

    And if you think you can get up to speed quickly on the legislation, then this one may be for you:

    Coordinator, Sub-divisions and Support Services

    Cheerio, and if we can be of any further help, don't be afraid to ask.

    Mark

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    Planning Employment in Australia

    I am also an American considering possible job opportunities in planning in Australia. I was wondering if there is anyone who has gone through the process of obtaining a visa, finding a job, moving, etc., who could provide some advice on where to begin. I have a masters' degree in planning and a few years of experience in local government in New York state. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally posted by kyo View post
    I am also an American considering possible job opportunities in planning in Australia. I was wondering if there is anyone who has gone through the process of obtaining a visa, finding a job, moving, etc., who could provide some advice on where to begin. I have a masters' degree in planning and a few years of experience in local government in New York state. Thanks!
    Hi kyo,

    You can either get a company to sponsor you with a work visa or you could kickstart the application process for a visa (either working holiday or permanent residency).

    There are some recent changes to the process; you can check out the details on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website here:

    http://www.immi.gov.au/immigration/
    http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener.../whats-new.htm
    http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...on/pdf/faq.pdf

    Apparently, the Government has come up with a new list called the 'Critical Skills List', in which 'Urban and Regional Planner' as an occupation is on it. Usually this means a good thing. Not sure how it differs from the 'Occupation in Demand' list though.

    All the best! PM me if you need more help.

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    Come on down to Oz

    Hello Potential Planning Expats,

    In my experience making the move as a planning professional from the USA to Oz, it is not as daunting as you might think.

    Regards,

    Siskiyou

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    Thanks for the info and encouragement! Do you have any idea how long the process typically takes and how easy it is to find job there?

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    Timeframes

    Hello Kyo,

    There are always positions available for planning professionals here due to demographic trends. I have no doubt that you could land a position within a few weeks of arrival based upon level of experience, education, people skills etc. The problem is the amount of time it takes to get temporary residence status through Australian Immigration. The process took me two years but Immigration has supposedly now changed the priority of planning professionals and hopefully this will speed the process considerably.

    It may be worthwhile to look for a employment sponsor and fast-track yourself into Australia with a work visa. Take a look at the visa section of www.immi.gov.au and see what suits your situation best.

    If you have more specific questions, please consider sending me a PM as this will give you some confidentiality.

    Regards,
    Siskiyou

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