For more than 20 years, Councils from around Australia and New Zealand have supported staff participation in the LGMA Management Challenge, with many making it a part of their HR Development Programs.
Councils send teams of five or six members and a mentor, to take part in the state-based regional round of the Management Challenge. The winners from each state then go on to participate in the Australasian Finals.
Prior to the regional Challenge, teams undertake a pre-challenge task to help them understand each other’s strengths and develop strategies for the Challenge. The task is related to real, topical issues that organisations deal with, and is the first of the professional development components.
The regional Challenge Days are held in March in each capital city and in some regional centres. On the day, each team must fulfil a number of tasks that typify management in the local government environment and develop individual and team competencies. Detailed and targeted reports from professional facilitators provide the basis for workplace debriefing and the application of learning outcomes.
The best performing team from each state and New Zealand then go on to contest the Australasian Final.