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The Department of Justice
Remuneration will be in the range of £52,578 to £56,237 (currently under review) per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

Job Details


The Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking to appoint a Commissioner to The Planning and Water Appeals Commissions (PACWAC).

The Planning Appeals Commission and Water Appeals Commission are Department of Justice Tribunal Non-Departmental Public Bodies, administratively supported by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service. They have a range of statutory functions relating to planning and environmental matters.

The post of Commissioner requires strong decision-making skills and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of planning policy and legislation as it is applied within a tribunal context. It is a highly pressurised role which requires personal commitment and drive for the achievement of results.

This is a full-time, permanent appointment.

The Commissions are currently located at 92 Ann Street, Belfast and it is the normal office location for a Commissioner.

Remuneration will be in the range of £52,578 to £56,237 (currently under review) per annum.

A reserve list will be maintained for 12 months from the date of the agreed merit list and may be used to fill similar posts as they arise.

For more detailed information on the position, the selection criteria and how to apply, please click on the 'apply button'

Alternatively you can request an application pack by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, Beacon House, 27 Clarendon Road Belfast BT1 9EX. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC302326.

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc.  All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability and the principles of the Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be applied for such applicants.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 24th May 2024.

It is anticipated that the written assessment will be held in Belfast on 18th and 19th June 2024 with interviews being held 5th and 9th July 2024.

Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principle of appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.

We particularly welcome applications from men, people with a disability and those from ethnic minorities as these groupings are currently under-represented within the Commission.



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