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Building/Development Certifier & Undergraduate Building/Development Certifier


Job No: DRC1274


Location: Dubbo or Wellington, NSW


Dubbo Regional Council is part of Wiradjuri Country and we acknowledge all clan groups that reside within the Dubbo and Wellington Wiradjuri Nation. A large and diverse organisation with over 600 team members, we put relationships at the centre of our decision making and service delivery. With a population of almost 55,000 and a service catchment population of 120,000 people, our growing region offers a connected community with great access to nature, plus all the amenities of a major city. Find out more at



The role of the Building and Development Certifier is to provide in an efficient, expedient and professional manner a range of services and controls enabled and required by governing legislation and Council policy for the protection of the built and natural environment.


  • Currently hold a minimum class of Building Surveyor – Restricted (Class 1 -10) or its equivalence A3 (preferably) under the former Building Professionals Board's Accreditation Scheme; or have the qualifications and recent experience to meet the criteria to be Registered by Fair Trading NSW at a minimum class of Building Surveyor – Restricted (Class 1 -10)

  • Demonstrated competency and familiarity with the Building Code of Australia and associated legislation

  • Demonstrated organisation and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Demonstrated computer literacy

  • Strong commitment to exceptional customer service

  • A current WH&S Construction Induction Certificate (White)


  • Efficiently and effectively process Development, Complying Development and Construction Certificate Applications;

  • Conduct inspections to ensure compliance;

  • Provide specialist and technical advice to stakeholders; and

  • Prepare accurate and timely reports.


The Undergraduate Building and Development Certifier works with the Building and Development Certifiers to provide a range of services and controls enabled and required by governing legislation and Council policy for the protection of the built and natural environment.


  • Currently enrolled in a Building Surveying course approved under the Office of Fair Trading's registration scheme, or hold an equivalent qualification able to be recognised as prior learning toward achieving the qualification requirements for at least Building Surveyor - Restricted (Class 1-10);

  • Strong commitment to quality customer service and positive public relations;

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment; and

  • Demonstrated computer literacy;


  • Assist the Building Development Certifiers in undertaking providing advice to internal and external stakeholders;

  • Assist with the timely determination of Development, Complying Development Certificate, Construction Certificate and Activity applications;

  • Prepare accurate and timely reports; and

  • Assist the Building Development Certifiers in their proactive engagement with developers, builders, consultants, real estate industry, government agencies and the wider community with the objective of facilitating the continuing sustainable development of the Local Government Area.


You are a motivated and proactive professional with a high level of demonstrated communication and time management skills.  You will be a team player who looks for positive ways to contribute to the team culture and responsibilities.  You will have previous experience and demonstrated technical ability in the certification and development assessment roles.


In undertaking this key role in our diverse organisation, you will be offered a range of benefits, including 4 weeks annual leave (pro-rated), access to DRC fitness passport program, and wellbeing program. DRC also has a variety of Salary Packaging options available to staff including:

  • Superannuation

  • Rainbow Cottage Childcare

  • Professional Memberships

  • Excess Long Service Leave to Superannuation

  • Uniforms

  • Novated Vehicle Leasing

  • Remote Area Housing Assistance

  • Work Related Self Education Expenses

  • Portable Notebook or Laptop computer

  • Airline Lounge Memberships

  • Disability/Income Protection Insurance

  • Tools of Trade

Furthermore, DRC also offers flexible working conditions, learning and development opportunities, generous leave allowances and has an active Social Club.

DRC is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

Please refer to the attached position descriptions Building & Development Certifier and Undergraduate Building & Development Certifier for the entire scope of essential and desirable criteria which all applicants must meet. 

This position requires a pre employment health assessment.  Please refer to the attached Job Demands document for the physical requirements of the position.


Building & Development Certifier - $82,708 - $96,119 per annum plus superannuation and an industry allowance dependent on level of certification.

Building & Development Certifier (Undergraduate) - $68,986 - $80,175 per annum plus superannuation.

A leaseback vehicle is available.

Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 21 August 2023

Enquiries: For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Council's Building Services Team Leader - 6801 4657


  1. Please fill out the questions in the application page below.

  2. On the following page you will have the opportunity to attach your resume.

  3. Please note that once you start to complete your online application you cannot save it and return to it later.  We would recommend that you create your answers in a separate document (e.g. word) then copy your answers into this page when you're ready.

  4. All correspondence will be via the e-mail you have provided in your application. (Please ensure you check your "Junk Mail" folder.)


Building Surveyor

  • Salary: $77,416 - $106,297 p.a. plus 11% Super

  • Permanent/ Full Time

  • Leaseback Vehicle Available

About the role
This is a permanent, full time position working 35 hours per week (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm) and will be located at the Nowra Administration Building. 

The advertised salary is based on the grade of the position, comprising of 4 steps within the range shown. The starting salary is at Step 1 within the grade. Progression through the salary steps shall be based upon the achievement of performance objectives relating to the position.

Reporting directly to the Team Supervisor - Certificatio
n, the focus of this position is to:

  • Assist in the administration of applicable Acts so as to achieve the best built environment, health, welfare and well-being of the whole community and to ensure achievement of the objectives of Council’s Management Plan and Council’s levels of customer service

  • Undertake assessment of Construction Certificates, Complying Development Certificates, Building Information Certificates, Bushfire Attack Level Certificates, and Development Assessment as required and prepare detailed compliance reports.

  • Undertake critical stage inspections in accordance with the level of accreditation.

  • Provide for the protection, promotion, and improvement of the natural and built environment, and public amenity and safety in order to achieve the objectives of Council’s Community Strategic Plan.

  • Provide professional advice and guidance to the public on development related matters.

  • To manage, assess and process development assessments which range in complexity and value.

Skills & Experience
In order to be successful in the position, you will be/ possess:

Grade 9

    • Tertiary qualification in Building Surveying or equivalent to attain a registered Class of building surveyor – Building Inspector.

    • Undertaking or completed training to achieve a registered Class of building surveyor – Building Inspector with NSW Fair Trading

Grade 10

    • Tertiary qualifications in Building Surveying or equivalent to attain a registered Class of building surveyor – restricted (class 1 and 10 buildings).

    • Registered as a certifier to attain a registered Class of building surveyor – restricted (class 1 and 10 buildings) with NSW Fair Trading.

Grade 11

    • Tertiary qualifications in Building Surveying or equivalent to attain a registered Class of building surveyor – restricted (all classes of buildings) or Class of building surveyor – unrestricted.

    • Registered as a certifier at Class of building surveyor – restricted (all classes of buildings) or Class of building surveyor – unrestricted with NSW Fair Trading.

The criteria shown above is the minimum qualification and accreditation for each grade. Additional criteria/capabilities are outlined in Shoalhaven City Council’s Building Surveyor Capability Framework.

This position requires:

  • Hold or be eligible to acquire a NSW WorkCover Construction Induction card.

  • Class C Driver’s Licence.

This is a grade range position, therefore in accordance with qualifications, accreditation, experience and demonstrated skills, the prospective employee will be assessed as either Grade 9, 10,11.

About Shoalhaven City Council

Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. The Shoalhaven is located just 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Shoalhaven is home to 104,000 people and comprises of 49 unique towns and villages. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle and positive work-life balance.

We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment, and offer a range of benefits:

  • Generous Leave Entitlements

  • Long Service Leave After 5 Years

  • 9 Day Fortnight for Outdoor Staff

  • Flexitime for Indoor Staff

  • Remote Working Arrangements

  • Fitness Passport

  • Novated Lease Arrangements

  • Discounted Private Health Insurance

  • Training and Development Programs

How to Apply
You will be required to submit an online application by attaching your resume (please ensure you submit in Word or PDF format) and respond to questions regarding general information about you.

In addition, you will be required to demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements of the position by answering the below questions relevant to the essential criteria as outlined in the job advertisement.

For more information on the application process, please visit how to apply on Councils website.

  1. At Shoalhaven City Council our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional setting.

  2. Please list the relevant qualifications and experience you hold.

  3. Briefly describe the relevant technology and software you have experience using

  4. What experience do you have preparing formal documentation? i.e. letters, reports etc

Contact:  Malcolm Dillon - Team Supervisor – Compliance - 02 4429 3469

Applications Close: Thursday, 31 August 2023 (at Midnight) 

Shoalhaven City Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. 

When your application has been submitted completely, you will receive a confirmation email.

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