About the Challenge

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in local government in Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years.

In that time, many thousands of local government professionals have been given the opportunity to participate, grow, be challenged and learn alongside their team members and peers. Many have subsequently gone on to senior management roles.

Management Challenge Day

The Management Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program using real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

The teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique one-day, fast paced, “pressure cooker” environment. Some tasks will require written responses (such as a council report or recommendation document), some will take the form of role plays or presentations and the teams are also scored on observations of how well they display energy, synergy, effectiveness and creative thinking.

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

lead

Lead

think

Think

COMMUNICATE

Communicate

NEGOTIATE

Negotiate

DECIDE

Decide

ANALYSE

Analyse

ENGAGE

Engage

 

Tasks are scored by experienced markers and observers and the winner earns the coveted title of Regional Challenge winner - and goes on to participate in the National Final held in conjunction with the LG Professionals National Congress.

Before the Challenge Day

With the aid of an in-house mentor and detailed preparation kit, teams spend time together in the weeks preceding the Management Challenge to develop their skills, get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and develop processes and strategies for the Challenge Day.

There is a real-world based “Pre-Challenge Task” that encourages teams to work together on a meaningful project prior to the Challenge Day. In 2017, a large percentage of these “Pre-Challenge Task Projects” actually received council support and funding and went on to be delivered as real community projects.

Post-Challenge

Detailed debriefs and feedback on overall performance and achievement on specific tasks, from professional facilitators, provide the basis for application of learning outcomes to the workplace.

 


Benefits of participation

BENEFITS TO THE ORGANISATION – as described by CEO’s of participating councils:

assist-with-growth

Assist with growth

boost-pride-reputation

Boost pride & reputation

build-corporate-knowledge

Build corporate knowledge

build-networks

Build Networks

create-strong-teams

Create strong teams

develop-leaders

Develop leaders

increase-staff-skills

Increase staff skills

show-commitment-to-development

Show commitment to development


BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS – as described by recent participants:

ACCELERATE LEARNING

Accelerate learning

BUILD CONFIDENCE

Build confidence

CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Career advancement

CREATE TEAM SPIRIT

Create team spirit

NEGOTIATE

Develop and strengthen relationships

DEVELOP NETWORKS WITH OTHER COUNCILS

Develop networks with other councils

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Increase knowledge

INCREASE PRIDE, SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND PRESTIGE

Increase pride, sense of achievement & prestige


BENEFITS TO MENTORS – as described by recent mentors:

BUILD CONFIDENCE

Build confidence

Enhance Leadership skills

Enhance Leadership skills

INCREASE PRIDE, SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND PRESTIGE

Increase pride, sense of achievement & prestige

RAISE PROFILE

Raise profile

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 in August 2018 in Canberra. The winner of the Australasian final will be announced at the National Congress Gala Awards Dinner in Canberra.

For more information, download our Brochure.

 


 

Who should be part of your team?

Anyone! You don’t have to be a manager to enter – the Management Challenge is about developing people, including future leaders! 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 included staff members from all council disciplines and levels including librarians, works team leaders, IT specialists, community service professionals, marketing professionals, HR managers, arborists and experienced managers.

If you don’t think you have the right staff to enter a competitive team, you may be surprised. We’ve recently interviewed many CEO’s and they agree on one thing – it’s a fantastic professional development program for their staff, and while a win is a great thing for the council, it’s certainly not the main focus.

And remember, a champion team usually beats a team of champions!

 


 

Too small? Too far away? Probably not!

Sometimes councils feel they are too small to field a competitive team. However sometimes this is an advantage because you may well have a highly functioning, close-knit team already! You could also enter a composite team - made up of members of your own council plus another council - and/or you can apply for a rural subsidy to help with expenses.

Download:

Information for Composite Teams.
Rural Subsidy Information (not applicable in New Zealand).

 


 

Key Dates

Early bird registrations close 15 December 2017. Registrations close 9 February 2018. All regional events are one-day events held during March 2018. The dates for each region will be listed on your region's website. The Australasian final will be held in Canberra in August 2018 at the LG Professionals National Congress.

Investment

The early bird team fee is: $5,200 (ex GST) The regular team fee is: $5,600 (ex GST) To be eligible for the early bird fee payment must be made by 15 December 2017.

Cancellations

Cancellation fees apply as follows:

  • Before 9 Feb 2018: 25% of fee
  • Between 9 Feb - 1 Mar 2018: 50% of fee
  • After 1 Mar 2018: 100% of fee

 

 


 

2018 Australasian Final

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 in Canberra in August. The winner of the Australasian final will be announced at the National Congress Gala Awards dinner.

Local Government Professionals Australia will meet the costs of return economy air travel to Canberra (conditions apply), event entry, the welcome reception and the gala awards dinner. Teams will be required to cover their own accommodation expenses. Information relating to accommodation including location and costs will be made available prior to the Australasian final.

 


 

Getting started

Some simple steps to get you started.

Research

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 a team and 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

Register here.

The learnings begin

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

Pre-Challenge task

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.