We are here for our members and are highly committed to the sector. All of our programs and events are developed by the sector, for the sector.


Leadership Programs

Our Leadership Programs are designed to help you continue to learn, develop and evolve as a leader in a local government context, no matter what stage of your career you're in.

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CONFERENCES

Like all of our professional development opportunities, our conferences are uniquely local government and designed to help you connect, learn and grow in your career.

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MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE

Get a team together and challenge yourselves with this simulation-based team-building, learning and networking program using real local government themes.

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EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Our Excellence Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in local government, contributing to the advancement and improvement of the sector.

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IN-HOUSE TRAINING

We offer off the shelf and bespoke In-house Training solutions to meet the diverse needs of your council. We can arrange for any of our programs to be delivered on-site for your convenience.

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SHORT COURSES

Ranging from a half-day upskill or a more in-depth two-day session, our Short Courses are an effective, efficient and affordable way to develop new skills and enhance your career.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

    • 01 Feb 2024
    • 13 Jun 2025
    • 15 sessions
    • 4 Milner St Hindmarsh, 148 Frome St Adelaide and Live Virtual Classroom
    • 1


    The LG Professionals SA Ignite Program is a leadership learning path for supervisors, team leaders and coordinators in local government across South Australia.

    The focus of the program is to enable those who have limited experience in managing and leading people to develop the competencies required to be successful in their role. 

    Download the full prospectus here.


    Registrations at our events and programs are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests unless specified otherwise on the event or program brochure.

    By registering for this event/forum/program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.


    • 08 Feb 2024
    • 16 Aug 2024
    • 9 sessions
    • University of South Australia City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide and Virtual
    • 1

    Developed in partnership with UniSA and local government experts, the Strategic Management Program (SMP) has been designed to increase the skills and capabilities of leaders and managers in local government.

    Participants will build high-level leadership and management skills within a local government context, and learn technical skills to manage business functions and enhance innovation, strategic thinking, business acumen and operational excellence. 

    Download the prospectus here

    Registrations at our events and programs are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests unless specified otherwise on the event or program brochure.

    • 30 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Nov 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Various Locations
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a program aimed to provide participants with a greater level of comprehension and understanding of local government; increased understanding of leadership concepts and practices and how to integrate these learnings into the workplace, increased confidence; enhanced self-awareness; an appreciation of and an ability to work with different personality types; the opportunity to challenge their assumptions. 

    Download the prospectus here.


    Registrations at our events and programs are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests unless specified otherwise on the event or program brochure.

    By registering for this event/forum/program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide
    • 1
    Registration is closed


    Project management is something we do every day in local government and it’s an area we should be leaders in.

    Beyond providing you with essential knowledge and skills to plan, manage and execute projects on time and on budget, this program takes a deeper dive into project management theory and looks at both operational and strategic elements of project management.

    Best suited to those who have some project management experience behind them, and those that have completed the Introduction to Project Management course.

    For more information, visit http://lgprofessionalssa.org.au/advanced-project-management/.


    Registrations for this event are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this event/forum/program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Project management is a fundamental skill in our modern workforce, as it ensures that what is being delivered is not only right, but that it also delivers against the business opportunity - so it's important that we get it right.

    This course is designed to cover the basic principles of managing projects to help you plan, control and organise activities to ensure that you are delivering successful projects every time. It is best suited for staff who may be new to managing projects or have not previously undertaken any formal project management training.

    This course will be delivered in person at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide.

    For more information, visit https://www.lgprofessionalssa.org.au/introduction-to-project-management/.



    Registrations at our events and programs are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests unless specified otherwise on the event or program brochure.

    By registering for this event/forum/program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.


    • 05 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza, Adelaide
    Register


    Join us for the 2024 LG Professionals SA People and Culture Network Conference as we unpack issues relevant to people and culture professionals in local government today, and equip you with the tools and knowledge to influence across all levels, providing the opportunity to grow your skills and expand your networks, connecting with colleagues from across the state.

    Attendees will leave with:

    • A practical understanding of team psychological safety, and an actionable psychological safety framework
    • A new perspective from HR, WHS and P&C professionals working outside the local government sector, and proven innovative strategies which can be applied within councils
    • An understanding of how focussing on employee engagement can deliver successful outcomes
    • Insights into what EAP providers are currently seeing from local government organisations, and recommendations to enhance wellbeing strategies
    • Knowledge of current trends and innovations in the people and culture sector
    • The ability to think with a ‘Champion Mindset’ and leverage it to achieve amazing results

    and more!

    This conference is also a fantastic opportunity to develop and strengthen connections and collaborate with like-minded local government people and culture, work health and safety, human resources and broader local government professionals.

    Download the full program.

    This conference is open to all local government People and Culture, work health safety and human resource professionals - we also strongly encourage anyone who works closely with People and Culture or with a passion or role in leading the future of the local government workforce to attend.


    Registrations at our events and programs are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this event you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    • 13
    Register


    In the local government environment, leaders and professionals are required to balance the needs of upholding compliance and regulation (e.g. saying “no”, or issuing an expiation notice), while balancing the expectations of delivering a great customer experience.

    This course enables you to identify the dynamics at play where there is tension between needing to meet compliance requirements, meeting strategic objectives and maintaining strong customer relations within the community. You’ll learn the approaches, skills and behaviours that you can use on a daily basis to navigate this situation and be known for providing excellent customer service and improved performance, while meeting required levels of regulation.
     

    Before registering please note that the course will be delivered in person at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide.

    For more information, visit https://lgprofessionalssa.org.au/customer-service-compliance-environment/.


    Registrations for this event are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this event/forum/program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM
    • Kauri Community and Sports Centre, Lipson Avenue, Seacliff, SA 5049
    Register

    Join us for the upcoming LG Professionals SA Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum: Translating big dreams into strategies, plans and daily operations. Alice Smith and Dan Jellings will share strategic leadership lessons from the City of Mitcham and its novel approach to its community plan review, followed by an interactive session, facilitated by Ania Karzek, to explore the big audacious goals.

    This Forum will be held in person and via Zoom on Thursday 25 July 2024 from
    1:15PM – 4:15PM, followed by networking drinks (pay your own way) at Kauri Community and Sports Centre, Lipson Ave, Seacliff.

    The Paddock and the Peak
    Dan Jellings, Senior Consultant, BRM Advisory
    Alice Smith, Strategic Planning Project Officer, City of Mitcham

    Always looking for opportunities for positive change, City of Mitcham wondered if it could approach its latest legislated review of its strategic management plans differently. Rather than apply the same, known, technical methodology, could it build partnerships, develop acumen, and elevate strategic ambition? The result, From Paddock to Peak, focussed on enabling the Council to deliver a new, shared ambition, through training delivered in partnership with New Zealand consultant, Alicia McKay.

    Partnering senior leaders and Council Members together has changed the game. This journey has council and its administration working with shared understanding, language, and concepts. It continues to be embedded across the entire organisation. Alice and Dan will share how City of Mitcham is primed to achieve not just an updated plan and priorities, but an improved culture underpinned by clear roles, increased trust, respect, and improved decision-making.

    A seasoned public sector manager and consultant, Dan Jellings brings with him two decades of experience initiating change and improvements across the areas of strategy and governance. As a big picture thinker, Dan is passionate about effective strategy and healthy organisations with positive cultures, having spent years developing, executing and leading business improvement and service review projects and teams.

    Alice has been the Strategic Planning Project Officer at City of Mitcham for five years. She has worked in local government for twelve years in open space, recreation, sport and strategic planning roles, and has also worked for the State Government administering the Open Space and Places for People grant funding programs. This experience has seen Alice work closely with the community, executive leaders, and Council Members to prepare strategic management plans, annual business plans, strategies, and master plans.

    Strategic Dreams: BHAGs walk among us!
    Ania Karzek, Manager Strategy and Governance, 
    City of Holdfast Bay

    An all-inclusive, ‘choose your own adventure’ style interactive workshop session, with options to share ‘big hairy audacious goals’ in your strategic plans, organisation or team, and/or to discuss the challenges that may prevent us, or our organisations, from dreaming big.

    As an experienced public policy practitioner, Ania is driven by deep empathy and resolute determination to achieve outcomes. Always asking why, she will help you find the unexpected connections and distinguish between the symptoms and the cause to find out what’s holding back those big dreams.

    Networking Drinks
    Take this opportunity to enjoy some informal networking among peers whilst taking in the ocean views (pay your own way).


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Murray Bridge Town Hall, 17 Bridge St, Murray Bridge


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 05 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    • 22
    Register


    This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your time management approach to your daily and weekly workload - work smarter, not harder!

    You’ll dive into issues that are preventing you from reaching optimum effectiveness and develop a range of techniques and strategies to better manage your time and get more out of your day.

    Before registering please note that the course will be delivered in person at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide.

    For more information, visit http://lgprofessionalssa.org.au/managing-your-time-energy-and-priorities/.

    Registrations for this event are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this event/forum/program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 08 Aug 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TBC


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 05 Sep 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBC


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 10 Sep 2024
    • 16 Oct 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    • 18

    The LG Professionals SA Career Navigator Program supports women to develop a strong, authentic professional identity and approach their career and work with positivity and proactivity.

    The Program equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

    • build their professional presence and profile
    • maintain their cool in stressful and challenging situations
    • understand and navigate organisational politics and team dynamics with integrity
    • apply a Growth Mindset to personal and professional challenges to build resilience and wellbeing
    • set and pursue personal and professional goals.

    Designed to be highly interactive, with an emphasis on peer learning, the Career Navigator Program is made up of a two 1.5-hour online sessions and a two-day in person workshop at LG House, which will equip you with skills and tools to dial down your inner critic, build your career courage and take charge of your life and career.

    • Aspiring leaders
    • High potential women
    • Women who may not wish to move into more senior roles, but who want to build their professional profile and cultivate greater influence and impact in the workplace.
    Download the full flyer here

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    Registrations for this event are open to female Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests

    By registering for this program you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

    • 11 Sep 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tiwu Kumangka (Blackwood Library and Community Centre), 2/4 Young St, Blackwood



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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TBC


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 07 Nov 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBC


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

    By registering for this forum you will be subscribed to the LG Professionals SA mailing list. Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    • 15 Nov 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBC


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    Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

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