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The strategic planning process aims to articulate a consensus of aims, policy directions and desired outcomes for spatial and sectoral jurisdictions. This foundational course considers the principles, methods, and issues pertaining to development of dynamic, innovative, forward-looking strategic plans. Core steps are examined including research and diagnosis, goals and priorities setting, establishing collaborative practices and participation of stakeholders, pathways to implementation, evaluation, monitoring and review. Tools for developing shared and sustainable frameworks in challenging environments are considered including the strengths and limitations of envisioning, scenarios, forecasting, inquiry by design, programming and benchmarking within a project management context, and identifying and responding to statutory, financial and cultural constraints. Alternate organisational models for approaching the strategic planning process are considered. The course will draw from theoretical and best practice approaches, and draw upon international and Australian case studies at the national, regional, metropolitan and municipal levels.

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Offering Terms

Term 1



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Currently enrolled in program 8313, 5313 or 7313 Urban Policy and Strategy

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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