Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

We sure are on the home stretch to Christmas now – what a year of challenges, growth and opportunity.

As you reflect and look towards 2022, I urge you to consider nominating your achievements for a Leadership Excellence Award, registering for one of our Leadership Programs, Annual State Conference or getting a team together for the Management Challenge. As always, if you'd like to chat about how we can support you on your leadership journey please don't hesitate to reach out.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season - we look forward to continuing to deliver quality professional development, capacity building and opportunities for connection for you, our members, in 2022.

Best wishes

December 2021
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Emerging Leaders Program 2021

We were thrilled to celebrate the final program day and graduation for our 2021 Emerging Leaders cohort earlier this month, joined by their CEOs, GMs and invited guests.

Please see the fantastic reports from this year’s groups below:

To each of our graduates, we wish continued success, humility through the highs of leadership and confidence through the lows. We trust that they leave this year with a solid network of counterparts, with new connections and doors open, and an ongoing focus on their professional development.

Congratulations to you all!

21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards - Call for Nominations
Nominations close Friday 4 February 2022

Have you thought about nominating?

Help us recognise outstanding achievement and innovation within local government.

We would love to see all Councils represented in the nomination process and celebrating the outcomes. No matter how small you might think your project is - we want to hear about it! N
ominations are called for in the categories listed below:

  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development
  • Excellence in Disaster Recovery / Emergency Response Management
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in People and Culture

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We are your association, and we are here to support you on your career journey.

Not a member? Check here to see if your council or subsidiary is a member - if so, you can activate your membership for free!

We've put together a list of 10 great reasons to join as a member of LG Professionals SA - see the full list here.

As a Member, you will receive our monthly e-newsletter 'Leaders Connect' featuring local government insights and member successes. 

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New Members 

Welcome to our 23 new members! Click here to see the list.

We look forward to providing support and professional development opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders cohort, Simon Keller, Team Leader Horticulture at City of Tea Tree Gully to find out how he found the program.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?
I signed up for the Emerging Leaders Program to further develop myself both personally and professionally, and give myself the best opportunity to further my leadership aspirations.

A recent module focused on sustainability – what were some of your takeaways from this? I found the module very interesting, and it was great to see how both public and private partnerships can work so successfully. The waste recycling facility was very impressive, it was quite an eye opener seeing just how much rubbish gets sorted and recycled.

What was your biggest take away from the program?
I found the opportunity to learn more about myself, my personality and preferences as both a leader and team member very insightful. I am able to use that information to target what I perceive to be my weaknesses, but to also improve and build upon my strengths both personally and professionally.

What advice would you give to someone considering undertaking the Emerging Leaders Program?
I would tell them that it is a challenging program that will take you out of your comfort zone, but will offer you valuable insight into yourself as an individual and team member. You will learn and gain valuable insights into various leadership styles, and how to implement what you have learned into your workplace. I would also tell them to embrace the program and enjoy the ride!


If you are interested in learning more about our Emerging Leaders Program please register to attend our Program Information Session to be held on 10 February 2022.

Registrations for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Program will open in January 2022. Keep an eye on your inbox for further information.

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Registrations are open for the 2022 Australasian 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, 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.

Get your team together and join the challenge today!

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Launch of the Valuing Social Outcomes Project

On behalf of the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Community Managers Network we are pleased to announce the launch of the Valuing Social Outcomes (VSO) project, for use by the South Australian Local Government sector. The comprehensive project involved the development of a tool to assist local government community development / community services practitioners in assessing the impact of the programs they deliver via social value measurement and the expression of this impact in dollar terms.

The Community Managers Network encourage the use of VSO Tool and accompanying documents as part of understanding and expressing the impact of programs delivered by community development / community services practitioners in South Australian councils.

To learn more about this project and outputs please click on the find out more button below.

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Kickstart your professional development journey in 2022

We offer a range of short courses that have been curated to equip the sector’s staff with the skills essential to deliver on efficiency, performance and continuous improvement.

Our short courses are scheduled based on expressions of interest. If you are interested in attending any of the following short courses please complete an EOI through the link below and we will be in touch once we have adequate numbers to deliver that short course. 

  • Negotiation Skills
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Powerful Business Writing
  • Performance Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Customer Service in a Compliance Environment
  • Managing your Time, Energy and Priorities

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council please contact us at admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

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Network News

LG Professionals SA Members are invited to join one of our many Networks.

Networks are groups of professionals who share a common interest or experience. We run a comprehensive range of Network meetings and forums throughout the year, offering staff the opportunity to learn and develop whilst sharing and networking with peers from their own and other councils and subsidiaries, across the state.

Our Networks include:

  • Women's Network
  • People and Culture Network
  • Community Managers Network
  • Continuous Improvement Network
  • General Managers Network 
  • CEO Network
Join a Network today

If you would like to know more about our network offerings, or have a suggestion for a new Network please contact admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7990.


Annual State Conference 
Friday 18 March 2022

Australasian Management Challenge
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner
Friday 27 May 2022

LG Professionals SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you work for or know an organisation who would be interested in gaining exposure to local government professionals through sponsorship with LG Professionals SA? 

As a not for profit association, LG Professionals SA rely on the support of sponsors to be able to continue to deliver the range of high quality events and professional development programs that we are known for.

Partnering with sponsors also creates opportunities for our members to learn, build relationships and receive best value.

Please contact Rhiannon for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.

About Local Government Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals SA is a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. 

Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals. 

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector. 

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national Federation of State based Local Government Professionals Australia organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.

LG Professionals SA   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990

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