Sima Truuvert Planning Scholarship

For current and recent planning graduates

A 12-month paid placement for a student planner role with Randwick City Council and a $5,000 one-off HECS contribution at the conclusion of the placement.

  • Applications open: 14 October 2019
  • Applications close: 30 October 2019
  • Total value:  $63,271 - $69,535 pa + 9.5% super + $5,000 HECS contribution
  • Apply: Applications are now open

About Sima Truuvert

Sima Truuvert was a well-known and highly regarded urban planner. She was Randwick City Council’s Director City Planning and worked for Council from 1998 to 2018 and prior to this worked for the Department of Planning for 15 years.

An international woman, Sima demonstrated that planning is about people and about creating a sense of community. She helped oversee a number of urban renewal programs including the Bundock St site in Randwick and the Prince Henry redevelopment in Little Bay.

Her work helped Council win the prestigious Banksia Environmental Award for Local Government and two International Liveable Communities Awards. In 2017 she received an Australia Day Mayor’s Award and in 2014 she received a Minister for Local Government Award for Women – recognising her substantial commitment across local government.

Sadly, Sima passed away in early 2019. She was much loved by the staff and Mayors and Councillors of Randwick and known and admired by many in the community.

The Sima Truuvert Planning Scholarship was announced in 2018 and established in 2019 to inspire and encourage the planners of tomorrow to shape our City and plan for our residents' lifestyles.

About the scholarship

Randwick City Council is proud to offer student planners in their final year of study or recent graduated planners the opportunity to work full-time in a leading Sydney Council.

Located in the vibrant eastern suburbs with plenty of interesting planning projects, this opportunity will offer the scholarship winner a great start to their career through direct involvement in a variety of responsibilities and duties undertaken by Council’s Strategic Planning team.

Application process

The scholarship is advertised through Council’s jobs web page, online and through our various communication channels. Applicants should submit their entries online.

Eligibility and selection process

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to be available to work in a full-time temporary role for 12 months and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a permanent resident of Australia.
  • Demonstrate excellence and / or commitment to planning and its role in building stronger communities.
  • Studying to obtain, or completed tertiary qualifications at degree level in Planning.
  • A basic understanding of the functions and aims of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  • Familiarity with the role of a planning and building division within local government.
  • Sound research and critical analysis skills preferably in land use planning policy.
  • Ability to manage multi task workloads, deadlines and projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people.
  • Demonstrated report writing skills.
  • Commitment to providing quality customer services.
  • Knowledge and commitment to EEO, WH&S and the principles for a culturally diverse society.

Applicants must include a statement demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria listed in the position description, to be considered for this role.

Scholarship award winners

This scholarship is offered for the first time in 2019.

Further information

View the scholarship information and position description on Council's Current Vacancies page (available only during application period) or contact the Coordinator Strategic Planning, on 02 9399 6961.

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