Four Tasmanian local government teams from across the state will be challenged to a series of tasks in a unique one day, fast-paced, ‘pressure cooker’ environment on Wednesday 5 March at UTAS Stadium, Launceston.

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development for local government officers in Australia and New Zealand for more than 25 years with over 90 teams competing this year. The Management Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program that
uses real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

On the Management Challenge day, some tasks require written reports while others take the form of role plays or presentations. The teams are scored on how well they display energy, synergy, effectiveness and creative thinking. It provides an opportunity for team members to develop their skills and become more effective in their everyday roles. This year, the four Tasmanian teams are from the Kingborough Council, Derwent Valley Council, Waratah- Wynyard Council and the City of Launceston.

During the day, the tasks are scored by experienced facilitators and observers and the winner earns the coveted title of Regional Management Challenge winner – and goes on to participate in the Australasian final to be held in conjunction with the LG Professionals National Congress in Canberra on the 23 August.

LG Professionals Tasmania President, Gary Arnold said, “Our focus is squarely on supporting the sector with practical and relevant professional development opportunities to help attract and retain the best and brightest to the sector.”

The annual Management Challenge professional development program enables collaboration with local government colleagues and allows participants to hone their presentation skills.

Australasian Management Challenge Facilitator, Paul West said, “Continuing professional development is vital to nurturing local government sector aspiring leaders. The program’s emphasis is on equipping officers with leadership, analytic, communication and problem-solving skills and how to apply these skills in a practical setting.”

For more information, visit the Australasian Management Challenge website.

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Mary Frost, 0438 100 076
4 May 2021