The associate degree of spatial science program provides students with the theory, methods and practices required by an associate to support a practising professional spatial scientist. To this end the program provides students with a general understanding of the broad practice and knowledge in the spatial science profession and the technical skills to work in urban and regional planning. Urban and regional planning provides students with the knowledge and skills required to design communities and assess the impact of their development. Students can work with community groups, government and developers, urban and regional planners prepare plans for residential, retail and industrial areas, transport links, as well as conduct environmental impact assessments. They work closely with other professionals in architecture, environment and conservation, engineering, community services and property development. As a graduate they will have knowledge and skills to work as a planning assistant to support professional planners and provide planning assistance in local, state and federal government agencies, property development companies or in private enterprise. Career possibilities include commercial and retail developments, urban renewal projects, transport planning, environmental protection and regional and residential planning. The associate degree of spatial science (urban and regional planning) provides a pathway to the bachelor of spatial science (honours) (urban and regional planning) and accreditation for this program will be sought from the planning institute of Australia.