Empowering communities through sustainable and impactful planning.

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Empowering communities through sustainable and impactful planning.

Who we are.

Essential Planning is an independent consultancy providing a range of planning services to a range of clients across Australia, the UK and EU regions.

We believe that understanding and planning effectively for the environmental and social aspects of a project or policy initiative is as critical to its success as other design or business drivers.  We work with project managers, engineers, architects, economic advisers, technical experts, and other specialists where needed, to ensure well-rounded advice to clients. 

Proud members of a wide range of professional bodies and associations, we make a point of sharing our experience and regularly attend, present, and deliver training at international conferences. We are engaged in sustainable development debates at all levels.

What we do.


Environmental and social planning

We undertake a range of planning services particularly those requiring an understanding of social and environmental factors from initial site assessments at project level to understanding trends and future directions at the strategic level.


Impact Assessment

We design, manage and undertake environmental and social impact assessment, from the policy / strategic level of decision making to project level and implementation. Our particular skill set as planners is in managing and coordinating impact assessment, quality assurance and peer review, and helping clients carry out their own assessments with our focus on capacity building.


Public participation and engagement

We help organisations with all aspects of public participation and engagement including planning and strategy development, delivery of engagement strategies including reporting and facilitation services, through to post engagement monitoring and evaluation. We work with organisations with a view to achieving outcomes that are mutually beneficial for all including proponents and communities.


Training and capacity building

We provide a range of training for individuals and organisations from the IAP2 Global Learning Program, tailored training for impact assessment professionals for the IAIA, for planners through PIA, and bespoke training for in house clients drawing on these and other frameworks as appropriate.


Research and analysis

Policy research, analysis, and reporting in a range of sectors including transport, energy, urban development, governance and policy development.

How we do it.

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)

Code of Conduct

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)

Core Values, Ethics, Spectrum of Participation

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

PIA Code of Professional Conduct

Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)

EIANZ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

IEMA Code of Conduct

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