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About the Challenge

The Australasian Management Challenge is a sophisticated development program that provides real life problem solving experiences and produces outcomes that translate into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, your teams and your organisation. It's also good fun, great value and a hands-on approach to leadership development.

It provides an opportunity for team members to develop their skills and become more effective in the way they …

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Teams of five or six members from any level of local government, undertake tasks alongside other participating councils that typify management in the local government environment.

The Management Challenge is held each March throughout Australia and in New Zealand and some regional centres. These Management Challenge events are referred to as regional events.

With the aid of an in-house mentor and detailed preparation kit, teams spend time together in the weeks preceding the regional event to develop their skills, get to know each other's strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies.

They will also need to complete a Pre-Challenge Task that will be counted towards the team's final assessment.

Detailed and targeted reports from professional facilitators provide the basis for debriefing and application of learning outcomes to the workplace.

The best performing team in each region go on to compete in the Australasian final which will be held in conjunction with the Local Government Professionals Australia National Congress on 22-24 May 2017 in Hobart. The winner of the Australasian final will be announced at the National Congress Gala and Awards Dinner in Hobart.

For more information, download our Brochure.

Who should enter?

Everyone! The many thousands of local government employees who have participated in the Management Challenge have demonstrated that almost any local government officer with the right attitude will take away enduring benefits from the experience.

Past participants have represented an extraordinary variety of disciplines and levels including librarians, works team leaders, IT specialists, community service professionals, marketing professionals, HR managers, arborists and experienced managers.

Why it's right for your council

The Management Challenge is designed to develop new and improved skills in effective team processes, issues resolution and situational leadership for all team members.

Everyone who participates in the Management Challenge comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management. The benefits of the challenge are far reaching and assist councils to:

  • Form ongoing relationships between staff from different council departments
  • Promote collaboration, accountability and decision making
  • Attract and retain employees, and
  • Improve organisational culture

Too small? Too far away? Probably not!


Information for Composite Teams.

Rural Subsidy Information (not applicable in New Zealand).

Key Dates

Early bird registrations close 13 January 2017.

Pre-Challenge Task released – 15 December 2016.

Registrations close 10 February 2017.

All regional events are one-day events held during the period 7-24 March 2017. The dates for each region will be listed on the region's website when available.

The Australasian final will be held in Tasmania from 22-24 May 2017.


The early bird team fee is:

A $4,700 (ex GST)

NZ $5,100

The regular team fee is:

A $5,100 (ex GST)

NZ $5,100

To be eligible for the early bird fee payment must be made by 13 January 2017.


Cancellation fees apply as follows:

  • Before 10 Feb 2017: 25% of fee
  • Between 10 Feb - 7 Mar 2017: 50% of fee
  • After 7 Mar 2017: 100% of fee

Getting started

Some simple steps to get you started.


Download the Getting Started guide.

This will give you a good understanding of how the Management Challenge works and what it delivers, plus some good tips on forming a team and choosing a mentor.


Choose five to six team members. The team also needs a mentor – someone who can, with material supplied, guide the team through the preparation phase. Early appointment of your mentor will assist with team formation and pre-challenge task preparation.


Register here.


Once you have registered, your team can download further resources from the website and the fun can begin.


The pre-challenge task will be made available to Mentors in December. This will be assessed as part of the team's overall performance, so teams should plan to allow sufficient time to complete this task.

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