At the forefront of professional development in local government

for more than 30 years

What is the Management Challenge?

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in local government in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years. 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.

Teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique, 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.

The Management Challenge provides an excellent professional development opportunity to become more effective in leading, thinking, communicating, negotiating, decision-making, analysing and engaging.

2024 Management Challenge

The 2024 Management Challenge was held on Wednesday 10 April 2024.



Visit the Management Challenge website for more information.


  Megan Down
  Manager - Events & Partnerships
  p: 08 8224 2088 

  Megan Hay
  Events Coordinator
  p: 08 8224 2087

2023 Management Challenge

The LG Professionals SA Management Challenge was held on Thursday 4 May at Morphettville Racecourse. 17 teams from councils across SA arrived bright and early, throwing themselves into the day and everything it had to offer. The range of tasks certainly put our Challenge teams to the test, as they were forced to respond to a variety of scenarios throughout the day. To their credit, all teams demonstrated great spirit, camaraderie and innovative thinking at every turn.

We were pleased to join teams, mentors and supporters as they came together in the afternoon for well-earned celebratory drinks, and to reflect on their Challenge journey. This was also a valuable networking opportunity for the teams as they shared their experiences and bonded over what they had just been through!

Following the announcement of the Challenge winner at the LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, we look forward to the National Challenge Final in Adelaide in August where SA will be represented by state winners ‘Marion at First Sight’ from the City of Marion. We know they will vow to do SA proud!

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make the Challenge a fantastic day for all involved.

Congratulations to all teams, we look forward to seeing your Council at next year’s Challenge!

Here's a recap of the day!

Congratulations to the 2023 Champions - City of Marion - Marion at First Sight.

2nd Place - City of Onkaparinga - 35┬░South
3rd Place - City of Port Adelaide Enfield -  PAE River Runners

See also: Rural Management Challenge

The Rural Management Challenge is a sophisticated developmental program that produces outcomes that have relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, your teams and your council.


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