Overseas Manager Exchanges

The LG Professionals, NSW Overseas Manager Exchange Programme provides leadership and professional development opportunities specifically tailored to the local government environment. The programme provides members with an opportunity to focus on their management development and career in local government through a short exchange with a partner manager in another country.

Many members have benefited from the programme and through this professional, personal and cultural experience, most have gone back to their council inspired and armed with a better perspective and increased knowledge of local government. Many exchange recipients are surprised how similar the challenges faced by their overseas colleagues are to their own.
Exchanges are currently offered to:
  • The United States of America
  • New Zealand

Each exchange involves a hosted visit to the destination country and the hosting of a reciprocal visitor from that country during the time period of the LG Professionals, NSW Local Government Conference generally held in June.


Applications for the 2020 USA Exchange are now closed

Our delegate participating in the USA Exchange will:

    • Travel to the USA in February 2020 and attend the California League of Cities' City Managers Conference in Napa Valley, California, USA on 5 - 7 February 2020.
    • Host the incoming USA Exchange Delegate for a period during the LG Professionals, NSW Local Government Conference in June 2020.
    • Commit to accompany the US Exchange Delegate to LGC20 and pay the associated costs of attendance.
    • Provide content to LG Professionals, NSW for use on social media and other promotional activities.
    • Write a report on the overseas exchange for publication in the LG Professionals Magazine.


    Please download Application Form in order to complete and submit electronically.


    Details of specific topics or projects of interest to the applicant should be indicated in the application as this will assist the international hosts in arranging your hosting.

    All applicants will be interviewed by the International Committee as part of the application process. Please refer to the eligibility criteria below prior to submitting your application.


    For further information on our Overseas Manager Exchange programme please click here or contact Aaron Lucas, Membership Manager, member@lgprofessionals.com.au

    For other leadership development initiatives please refer to our training and events and event pages.

    Samantha Charlton - United States 2019: 

     Samantha Charlton, Governance, Risk & Corporate Planning Manager, Willoughby City Council

    Justine Uluibau - New Zealand 2019: 

    Justine Uluibau, Executive Manager, Community and Cultural Services, Campbelltown City Council

    Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    All Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW individual members*, who have been members for a minimum of twelve months are encouraged to apply. 

    Selection is based on your professional experience and interests as well your personal motivation and objectives for attending the study tour. Applicants must be a permanent employee of a council in NSW.

    There is one place for each of the Exchanges. For the New Zealand Exchange preference given to an up and coming professional (other than a General Manager). For the US Exchange preference will given to a senior executive or general manager.

    *Members under a council professional development bundle are not eligible to apply.