Applications for the 2019 Overseas Manager Exchanges are now open.

The Overseas Manager Exchange is a leadership and professional development opportunity specifically tailored to the local government environment. It provides managers within the sector 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.

These Exchanges provide our members with an outstanding opportunity to learn about local government in other countries.

Two exchanges will be offered in 2019 - one to the United States and the other to 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 - LGC19.  


Our delegate participating in the NZ Exchange will:

  • Travel to New Zealand in September 2019 and attend the SOLGM Summit in Napier, New Zealand on 26 – 27 September 2019.
  • Host the incoming NZ 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.
  • Attend the pre conference dinner with all Exchange delegates the night preceding LGC20.
  • 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.
For other leadership development initiatives please refer to our training and events and event pages.

For further information on our Overseas Manager Exchange programme please click here or contact Vicki Mayo, Executive Manager,

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.

How to Apply

To apply for the Overseas Manager Exchange complete the application form outlining the aspects of local government which you wish to explore in the host country.

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

All applicants will be interviewed by the International Committee. Successful applicants for the US Exchange will be advised by Friday 14 December 2018 and successful applicants for the NZ exchange will be advised by 26 April 2019.

USA Overseas Manager Exchange Recipient 2019: 

Samantha Charlton
Acting Executive Manager, Office of the General Manager
Georges River Council