About Us

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, it is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities.

PIA in 2012 represented approximately 4700 members nationally and internationally. It is governed by a National Board of Directors and managed by a professional administration. It is a member-based organisation with its management complemented by volunteers, who support and contribute to its activities on various levels.

Our vision is Leading effective planning for people and places

We will realise our vision by:

  • Advocating for Better Planning: Our advocacy and policy development targets the outcomes and processes needed to better plan for the future, and the challenges we face.
  • Developing High Quality Planners: We build the capacity and capability of the planning profession to deliver better planning for communities.

  • Supporting the Profession: We support and nurture planners throughout their career to create a strong, connected planning community.

Planning Matters: Shaping the World Today for Tomorrow

In March 2013 PIA announced the adoption of the Planning Matters: Shaping the World Today for Tomorrow strategy.

This strategy will inform a series of key actions to Focus, Invigorate and Position members and the profession through a series of key actions including:

1. Focusing our members to be bold planning professionals committed to delivering good planning.
2. Invigorate the profession by inspiring planners to embrace change and understand the value we bring; and to
3. Position the profession by championing good planning.

The Planning Institute, originally created on 11 August 1951 as the Regional and Town Planning Institute, subsequently become the Royal Australian Planning Institute, commenced as the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) on 1 July 2002. The PIA official commemoration was conducted on World Town Planning Day, 8 November 2002.