Policy and planning managers coordinate and review policy advice to ensure it reflects the current needs and practice of an organisation.

Where policy and planning managers are employed

Policy and planning managers work in federal and state/territory government departments as well as trade unions, political parties, universities and non-profit and private sector organisations that provide consultancy services to government or lobby government on policy issues.

Job prospects are good although there are limited opportunities to work in regional areas.


Full-time policy and planning managers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Policy and Planning Managers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 618 people employed full-time as policy and planning managers in South Australia compared with 708 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a policy and planning manager you usually have to complete a degree in commerce, economics, law, international studies or political science with a major in an area relevant to the policy field you wish to work in. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects or assumed knowledge in one or more of English and maths are normally required.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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