Statutory Referral Permit Area Manager

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Melbourne - Docklands

The Central Melbourne, North and West Area Manager roles are our highly experienced and outcome-focused professionals responsible for leading a small-medium sized team of Statutory Referral Authority Urban Planning & Engineering experts making, defending and leading best practice Development Decisions on all types of development application referral requirements for Melbourne Water primarily where it is the regional Water or Drainage Authority or Floodplain Manager as set out in the Planning, Subdivision and Building Act & Regulations. 

This is a Melbourne Water Hay 17 role where the salary guideline is up to $163,146 (package), depending on your skills and experience when considered against the Position Description. 

This is the Senior Manager role that provides experienced formal leadership and the highest technical knowledge and management function for the Service in their allocated area. The holder is technically independent and can be relied upon to provide, act with and deliver accurate and competent advice and services for most types of technical matter. This role is 1 of 8 or more Leading Expert roles that deliver the Statutory Referral Authority Services for Melbourne Water and resolves most Customer Escalations from their allocated Area.

Reporting to the Service Manager and alongside 3 to 5 other Area Managers, this role will also be responsible for operational and strategic leadership as well as technical advice and coaching, the management of a team of up to 6 planning, building and subdivision experts to manage individual workloads, individual performance management and training, managing and responding to escalations, as well as ensuring that the wider team’s operational activities and resources are managed to meet the team’s targets and key performance indicators.

These experts have operational experience of the theory and application of the Victorian Planning System (including Subdivision) both statutory and strategic, the Victorian Building Surveying System, the Planning & Environment Act, the Subdivision Act and Building Act and their associated Regulations. This role will be the delegated Case Manager for statutory planning, building and subdivision decisions for their designated spatial areas, leading a team of up to 6 qualified Case Officers making complex decisions on the future development of Melbourne resulting from Statutory Referrals or other triggers from flood overlays, drainage areas, asset protection overlays or other types of statutory trigger. Decisions will ensure that new land use and development adequately address flood protection, drainage and stormwater quality, waterway amenity and the protection of our built assets. and defending Melbourne Water’s decisions to board, tribunals and courts including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Building Approvals Board (BAB).

This role also requires experience in the application of Development Standards (Building, Engineering and Asset Protection) to planning, subdivision and building decisions, interpreting complex technical flood advice regarding articulation of hydraulic aspects, flood risk and potential measures that could reduce flood risk and balancing this with wider strategic and state development outcomes to ensure safe, well designed and compliant future places and spaces in accordance with state and Melbourne Water policies and procedures, guidelines and processes.

This role will also provide general statutory planning input but not lead or manage - other operational types of land use & development applications and planning scheme amendments, minor capital works projects, and redevelopment projects in the Melbourne Water area. This is a general urban planning & development role where statutory urban planning and development engineering for water knowledge is needed to succeed.


For more information, please see the attached Position Description: Download File PD_Statutory Referral Permit Services Area Managers.pdf

How to apply

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Closing date: 16 Dec 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check / Health Assessment is required for this position.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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