How to become a Policy and Planning Manager

Policy and planning managers direct the development of policy advice and strategic planning within government agencies, community not-for-profit organisations and other companies.

Personal requirements of a Policy and Planning Manager

  • Attention to detail
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • interested in research
  • able to analyse and collate information
  • excellent negotiation skills and sound judgment
  • able to think strategically
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to manage a large and complex workload and meet deadlines.

Duties & Tasks of a Policy and Planning Manager

Policy and planning managers may perform the following tasks:

  • analyse information relevant to the organisation's activities
  • develop policies and provide advice to support their performance
  • coordinate policy formulation and review, including evaluation of policy options
  • oversee the implementation of policies
  • liaise with national, state and local governments, as well as peak bodies and professional organisations
  • provide briefings on policy issues to high-level stakeholders such as government ministers or board members
  • prepare discussion papers on policy options
  • draft and coordinate high-level correspondence and requests for information such as ministerial or corporate communications.

Working conditions for a Policy and Planning Manager

They spend most of their time indoors in offices, although they may visit other organisations to attend meetings. They may also undertake fieldwork. Working hours are usually regular, but may may be long when working towards deadlines.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 25.2%

NSW 27.9%

NT 1.4%

QLD 10.7%

SA 4.2%

TAS 1.8%

VIC 22%

WA 6.8%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 44%

Female 56%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 38.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 40.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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