Be a part of the Rural Management Challenge 2018!


Improve, transcend and expand your knowledge on local government, management skills and team work ability.

The Rural Management Challenge is a professional development opportunity for all up and coming staff within council.  Specially designed to provide councils in rural and regional areas of NSW the opportunity to take part in this truly unique professional development experience, the Challenge develops skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied back at council.

How The Challenge Works


Over two days, teams of four come together to compete against other councils in their region as they are challenged with tasks which stretch their knowledge of local government and their council’s policies and procedures. All tasks are tailored specifically for rural and regional councils, addressing realistic scenarios faced in the day-to-day management of council operations.

To register your team please click the locations tab below, nominate your preferred location and dates and simply click through to register.

The Rural Management Challenge Final


Six heats are being held state wide throughout August - September 2018. Each heat will produce a winner, the highest scoring team, with the winning team from each heat invited to Sydney in February 2019 to battle it out to determine who is the crème de la crème state-wide!

February 2018 saw us hold our inaugural Rural Management Challenge Final with Tamworth Regional Council, Ballina Shire Council, Griffith City Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Mid-Western Regional Council representing their respective regions.



Challenge Information


Registration Fee:

 $2,450 per team + GST

Registration cost includes the following for 1x team mentor + 4x team members:
• Day 1 - lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
• Day 2 - morning tea and lunch

Please note, accommodation and other travel costs are not included and will need to be arranged by councils and teams independently.


Minimum Numbers:

To ensure the best learning outcomes for the teams, and to ensure all associated costs to facilitate the challenge are met, we require a minimum of four teams per location. There is no limit to the number of teams participating from each council; though they must participate in the same challenge and not at different locations.

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