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Council planning cadets to get Strong Start

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has announced a new, $1.6 million Strong Start Cadetship Program, through which Councils can obtain grants of $25,000 to fund university tuition for new planning cadets.

“To continue giving a strong start to our new generation of planners, we have launched a council cadetship program to directly address NSW councils’ planning workforce shortages and support them to employ new locally based planning cadets,” the Department said in a statement.

Councils can also use the funding to upskill existing council staff who are not working as planners.

The funding and ongoing end-to-end support aims to:

  • encourage councils to onboard additional cadet planners and develop them into more senior roles;
  • grow more planners in regional areas where the planning skills shortage is most severe;
  • help planning graduates gain practical work experience while increasing the capacity of council planning teams.

This funding is available to eligible councils through a competitive grant process.

Applications close 5 pm, Friday 9 June 2023.

Apply online

For further details about the application process and eligibility:

  • Register to attend a webinar on Tuesday 30 May at 1.30 pm to hear more about the program and ask any questions you may have.
  • Download the program guidelines, including grant application requirements and funding agreement.
  • Contact Rukshan de Silva, Director (Regional NSW), Planning Delivery Unit or Brianna Cheeseman, Project Officer (Regional NSW), Planning Delivery Unit at

If you’re interested to hear more about Strong Start, sign up to the department’s email updates about the program via the NSW Planning Portal.

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