Four Tasmanian Local Government teams will be challenged to a series of tasks in a unique one day, fast faced, ‘pressure cooker’ environment on Thursday 9 March at the RACT Function Room, UTAS Stadium, Invermay Rd, Launceston. 

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in Local Government in Australia and New Zealand for more than 25 years with more than 115 teams competing this year. 

The Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program using real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

On Challenge day some tasks require written reports while others take the form of role plays or presentations. The teams are also 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 City of Launceston, Kingborough Council, Break O’Day Council and a composite team of Northern Midlands Council, Meander Valley Council and West Tamar Council. 

During the Challenge, the tasks are scored by experienced markers and observers and the winner earns the coveted title of Regional Management Challenge winner – and goes on to participate in the National final held in conjunction with the LG Professionals National Congress in Darwin on the 31 July.

LG Professionals Tasmania, President, Gary Arnold said, “Continuing professional development is vital to nurturing our Local Government sectors aspiring leaders. The program’s emphasis is on equipping our practitioners with leadership, analytic, communication and problem-solving skills and how to apply these skills in a practical setting.” 

“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,” Mr Arnold said.

For more information, visit the Australasian Management Challenge website.

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