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for over 25 years

What is the Management Challenge?

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), and 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.

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.

2020 Management Challenge

Congratulations to the 2020 Champions -
City of Mitcham - My Mitcham Rules

2nd Place - City of Playford - Play it ForWARd
3rd Place - City of Darwin - Saltwater Squad
4th Place - Campbelltown City Council - C4Q

Key Dates

The 2020 South Australian Management Challenge was held virtually on Friday 12 June 2020.


Visit the Management Challenge website for more information. (



Rhiannon Grebenshikoff
Acting Chief Executive Officer

  p: 08 8291 7995

2020 Event

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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