About Us

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

PIA currently represents approximately 4800 members nationally and internationally, and connects with 7500 planners annually. We are governed by a National Board of Directors and managed by a professional administration. We are a member-based organisation with its management complemented by volunteers, who support and contribute to our 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.

Because Planning Matters…

PIA believes in the power of planning to shape our world. Planning supports our everyday life; connecting us with places to live, to work, to study and to play. It supplies us with clean water and air; with energy to power our lives; and with food to nourish our bodies. Planning is the tool that creates places that we love and that nurture us now and into the future. Planning matters.

PIA believes our planning professionals are the key agents in delivering great planning.

PIA exists to nurture and support the development of high quality planning professionals. We want to inspire planners to shape the world to create great places.

PIA is passionate about the value that planners deliver to society and we actively advocate that to government, industry and the community.

PIA delivers range of activities across Australia that develop high quality planners, demonstrate the value of planning and elevate the standing of PIA planning professionals.

Our business is built upon a foundation of good governance, efficient and effective systems, member support services and financial sustainability.