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Management Challenge

Management Challenge

The LGMA Australasian Management Challenge is Australia and New Zealand’s premier forum for current and emerging local government leaders. It is a sophisticated development program designed to deliver personal, team and organisational professional development.

The Challenge has been running for more than 20 years. It is good fun, great value and a hands-on approach to leadership development that translates into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, teams and organisations.

Teams of five or six from every level of government are invited to participate in the regional Challenge days, held every year in each capital city in Australia and New Zealand, and in some regional centres.  

Pre-challenge Task February-March 2013
Regional Challenge Days-Australia 18 -29 March 2013
Regional Challenge Days-New Zealand 11-15 March 2013
Raymond West Award 19-21 May 2013
Australasian Finals (Melbourne) 20-21 June 2013

Everyone - from experienced managers to emerging leaders - comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management.

More than any other traditional training program or seminar the LGMA Australasian Management Challenge assists councils to:

  • Attract and retain staff
  • Improve organisational culture
  • Promote team-work
  • Develop new and sustainable management skills
  • Breakdown silos
  • Grow inter-departmental relationships, and
  • Build capacity

2012 LGMA Australasian Management Challenge Winners
Below is a video from the winners of the 2012 LGMA Australasian Management Challenge, Hastings District Council from New Zealand sharing their challenge experience.

Promote the Challenge to your organisation

Posters, digital artwork and a Getting Started kit which includes previous testimonies are all available to help you promote the Challenge to your colleagues and build a team for 2013. Get in touch for advice on building a communications campaign, or if you require different specs.

Raymond West Award

In 2013, the top performers in the Australasian Management Challenge Finals will be given the opportunity to take the ultimate professional development test.

Three stand-out participants will be selected from Australia and New Zealand and invited to compete for the Raymond West Award at the LGMA National Congress in Hobart, Tasmania in May 2013.

The award recognises the most outstanding young local government leaders working in the sector today.

Participants will take centre-stage at a Congress plenary session, and undertake a performance-based challenge before an audience of delegates. Their skills as public speakers, effective negotiators and quick-thinking leaders will be put to the test, and judged by an expert panel who will select a winner.

The Raymond West Award recipients will be ackowledged at a presentation during the Congress Gala Dinner.

The networking and recognition associated with involvement in the Raymond West Award during Congress will offer young local government managers unprecedented professional development opportunities and exposure across the sector.  

Entry Fee
The early bird entry fee is A$4,200 (GST incl) per team and NZ $4,740.
The fee for teams entered after 14th December 2012 is A $4,800 (GST incl) per team and NZ $4,740.

Even after you enter you can withdraw your team if necessary (or substitute members). As we arrange personnel and venues according to team entries, a cancellation fee will apply as follows:

  • After 31 January 2013:   25% of entry fee
  • After 28 February 2013: no refund will be provided

Registrations for the 2013 Australasian Management Challenge is now open.

Sign up before December 14, 2012 to attract the Early Bird rate (Australian participants only)

Getting Started 

Digital media kit

Composite teams

Rural subsidies

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