Urban and Regional Planners

Generate plans and policies controlling the use of urban and rural land, advise on economic, environmental and social factors affecting land use.

Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and Regional Planners

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as an urban and regional planner:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Human Geography and Planning as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Urban and Regional Planning to qualify as an urban and regional planner.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Urban and regional planners compile and analyse data on economic, legal, political, cultural, demographic, sociological, physical and environmental factors affecting land use.

They also:

  • confer with government authorities, communities, architects, social scientists, legal professionals, and planning, development and environmental specialists
  • devise and recommend use and development of land, and present narrative and graphic plans, programs and designs to groups and individuals
  • advise governments and organisations on urban and regional planning and resource planning
  • review and evaluate environmental impact reports
  • stay up-to-date with changes in building and zoning codes, regulations and other legal issues

Urban and regional planners may serve as mediators in disputes over planning proposals and projects; and speak at public meetings and appear before government to explain planning proposals.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

To qualify as an urban and regional planner:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Human Geography and Planning as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Urban and Regional Planning to qualify as an urban and regional planner.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Urban and regional planners compile and analyse data on economic, legal, political, cultural, demographic, sociological, physical and environmental factors affecting land use.

They also:

  • confer with government authorities, communities, architects, social scientists, legal professionals, and planning, development and environmental specialists
  • devise and recommend use and development of land, and present narrative and graphic plans, programs and designs to groups and individuals
  • advise governments and organisations on urban and regional planning and resource planning
  • review and evaluate environmental impact reports
  • stay up-to-date with changes in building and zoning codes, regulations and other legal issues

Urban and regional planners may serve as mediators in disputes over planning proposals and projects; and speak at public meetings and appear before government to explain planning proposals.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Urban and Regional Planners

Professional requirements

UWA courses accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (www.planning.org.au) are a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Urban and Regional Planning or the:
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Urban and Regional Planners

Postgraduate research is not necessarily required but may assist in career progression.