Leaders Connect

A word from the Acting CEO 

Wow, what a fantastic 'Mad March'!

We were thrilled to recently celebrate the graduation of both the 2019 and 2020 cohorts of our Ignite Program - congratulations to all and best wishes as you continue your leadership journey. It's so exciting to be holding face to face events again and networking with our peers and we have plenty to look forward to as the year progresses.

After more than 18 months of planning, we were finally able to host our Annual State Conference – Trust and Collaboration: unlocking results on Friday 19 March at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, with more than 350 local government professionals attending. There was certainly a buzz in the air as delegates made the most of the opportunity to catch up with peers, and even meet new ones. 

Thank you to all of our Corporate Partners and Conference Sponsors LGFA, LGRS, Statewide Super, Norman Waterhouse, LG Hub, LG Engage, Telstra, FYB, Infocouncil, Procurement Australia, iPlatinum, JLL, Carclew, Maxima and Perk People Solutions for their valued support. 

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia? Please find details below on the call for nominations for the Outstanding Contribution to the Sector award and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions around nominating a peer. 

Please enjoy this month's edition of Leader's Connect and consider registering for an event or program -  the theme of this newsletter is networking and what better place to do this than at one of our events or programs. 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,

March 2021
Edition 114

News Flash

People and Culture Network Conference: The People Experience
Friday 14 May 2021
Adelaide Convention Centre

The People and Culture Network Conference: The People Experience will be held on Friday 14 May 2021. The program will help you to better understand the narrative of your organisation and have you thinking differently about some of the complex problems that People and Culture practitioners face on a daily basis. 

This conference is open to all People and Culture professionals in the local government sector, but we strongly encourage anyone who works closely with People and Culture to attend - it will be a fantastic networking opportunity.

Interested in attending the event and gaining exposure as an Event Sponsor? Please contact Rhiannon on 08 8291 7991 or rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information.

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Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the sector?

The call for nominations is now open for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sector.

This award recognises and acknowledges a local government professional who, over a minimum of ten years, has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia. The recipient is nominated by their peers and determined by a subcommittee of the Board of LG Professionals SA.  

For more information and nomination criteria please download the Call for Nominations form.

Nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 16 April 2021 and be submitted to Rhiannon at executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Member Profile -
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Adrian Ralph

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Upcoming Programs & Events 

Women's Network Virtual Forum: Financial Fitness for Women with
Statewide Super
Wednesday 5 May 2021

As women, our financial needs for now and the future can be unique and complicated. Learn how to be financially fit as a woman, including tips, strategies and secrets to building a bright financial future.

This session will provide you with great insights for your own financial fitness or tips you can share with other women!

Topics include:

  • Unique financial challenges women face
  • The gender pay gap – what this means for your super
  • Insuring your future
  • Financial goal setting
  • Tips and strategies to increase women’s super balances.
Find out more

20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

Help us celebrate the achievements of the sector at the 20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. This year's dinner will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 21 May 2021.

Registrations are currently open. Please coordinate your attendance through your CEO office. 
We hope to see you there!

Registrations close 
Friday 16 April 2021

Find out more

Emerging Leaders Program 2021 

This highly sought-after program takes 28 emerging leaders from across the sector through a seven-month experiential learning journey to develop/enhance their leadership skills. 

This program is now at capacity. If you are still interested you can join our program waitlist. Alternatively, you can register your details for our 2022 intake.

Find out more

Our short courses have been curated to equip the sector's staff with the skills essential to deliver on the reform agenda of efficiency, performance and continuous improvement.

We are currently taking expressions of interest on all short courses and once there is sufficient interest a course date will be scheduled. Below is a list of all short course offerings:

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

Find out more

Sponsor Insight

The FYB Reportilize assists with the creation and maintenance of statistical dashboards for Micro Focus’ Content Manager to help track and measure your key performance indicators.

Using the FYB Reportilize will provide the following benefits:

  • Provides users with on demand access to important statistical data to support decision making in your organisation
  • Allows users to interact with the dashboards, providing them with a customised view to monitor and review the data
  • Reduce time users spend manually creating reports
Find out more

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New Members

Welcome to our 45 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.

Please contact Rhiannon for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.

Network News

Below you will find all upcoming Network Forums and Meetings.

If you would like to know more about our network offerings you can reach me at tahlia@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7994.

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

People and Culture Network 
Informal Catch Up
Thursday 8 April 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual (via Zoom)

For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for more details

Community Managers Network Committee Meeting
Friday 30 April 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LG Professionals SA Office, 5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood and via Zoom

For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for more details

Women's Network Forum: Financial Fitness for Women with Statewide Super
Wednesday 5 May 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)

Find out more

Continuous Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 6 May 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Further details to come.

CEO and General Managers Network Forum
Friday 4 June 2021

Further details to come.

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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