Be a part of the Rural and Regional Management Challenge 2021!

Challenge your thinking | Develop your network | Expand your knowledge on local government, management skills and team work ability. 
The Rural and Regional 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.

Dates 2021

Thursday 07 and Friday 08 October: Heat One | Hosted by Narrabri Shire Council
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October: Heat Two | Hosted by Bland Shire Council
Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October: Heat Three | Hosted by Mid-Coast Council
Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October: Heat Four | Hosted by Queanbeyan Palerang Council
Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October: Heat Five  | Hosted by Byron Shire Council

Registrations are OPEN, please refer to locations tab below to register the team.

Click here for more information.

COVID Safety

We take your safety seriously and have the following COVID SAFE practices in place for this program:
The conference venues have a complete COVID SAFE plan in place
All meals will be served seated
Tables will be amply spaced
Role plays will be safely spaced
Sanitiser will be on tables

The Rural Management Challenge Final

Five heats are being held state wide throughout October 2021. Each heat will produce a winner, the highest scoring team, with the winning team from each heat invited to Sydney in February 2022 to battle it out to determine who is the crème de la crème state-wide!

If you would like to HOST the challenge in your area for 2022, contact Melinda Budd | Learning and Development Coordinator |

Challenge Information

Registration Fee:
$2960.00 per team (GST Inclusive)

Registration cost includes the following for 1 team mentor and 4 x team members:
• Day 1: Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
• Day 2: Morning tea and lunch
Please note, accommodation is 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.

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