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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 planningdeliveryunit@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

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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