Our Annual State Conference is developed to have broad appeal and relevance for the entire sector

2023 Overview 

In local government, there is so much that is beyond our control, and change is constant. To build engagement and buy-in to the offerings of local government, our people must be focused, motivated, innovative, and creative. In turn, this generates positive interactions and experiences for our communities. In 2023 and beyond, how can we as individuals, and as a sector, work together to push upwards to reach new heights of innovation and success?

The 2023 LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference: Reaching New Heights program draws on the knowledge and experience of multiple expert speakers outside our sector, as well as key insights from those within it to deliver a day of inspiring, relevant and educational content to invigorate you for the challenges and opportunities that working in local government brings.

All local government professionals are encouraged to attend.

Join your sector colleagues as we uncover:

  • How the challenges we face can breed an innovative, high performing culture
  • The keys to creating truly inclusive workplaces where everyone thrives
  • What the current local government ‘brand’ looks like, and how we can increase the positive perception of our brand
  • How to make courageous decisions and take calculated risks to increase your success
  • The new competitive advantage which will allow you to flourish in a world of constant change

Thanks to our Corporate Partners and Sponsors: 














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Key Dates

The 2024 Annual State Conference will be held on Friday 22 March 2024 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.


  Megan Down
  Manager - Events & Partnerships
  e: megan@lgprofessionalssa.org.au
  p: 08 8224 2088 

  Megan Hay
  Events Coordinator
  e: mhay@lgprofessionalssa.org.au
  p: 08 8224 2087


Overview of our 2023 Conference

Reaching New Heights

Thank you to everyone that joined us at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday 24 March for our 2023 Annual State Conference: Reaching New Heights. As mentioned by LG Professionals SA President Michael Sedgman in his welcome message to delegates, 'It is no easy task to carve time away from our day-to-day roles to invest in ourselves, but it is so essential for our growth and development, and for that of our sector as a whole.' It was inspiring and heart-warming to see connections between our members being made, renewed and strengthened, and we were reminded that events like these are so much more than just the speakers who take the stage – they provide an essential forum for the reflection, discussions and collaboration which moves our sector forward.

This year’s conference program brought together a combination of uplifting, thought-provoking and educational speakers from both inside and outside the sector to provide delegates with key takeaways and inspire us all to 'Reach New Heights'. We heard a thrilling tale of mountaineering achievements from Andrew Lock OAM that he attributes to passion, perseverance and resilience, and we uncovered the keys to truly inclusive workplaces which we can all contribute to thanks to Sophie Hampel. The midday session was focused on local government: Mark Puncher from Employer Branding Australia talked about the fabulous people in our sector and how to attract and retain them, and then facilitated a panel session which delivered fantastic insights. Huge thanks must go to Kristie Johnson, Matt Pears, Ranveer Singh, Jodie Stevens and Ross Whitfield who spoke authentically about their experiences in local government and did a fantastic job as our panellists.

We were entertained and engaged by a tight battle between Mabel Tam and John Baker, with John narrowly awarded victory for his persuasive arguments in this year’s debate: Does Austerity Breed Innovation? Darren Ruger shone a spotlight on artificial intelligence and how it is currently being used in local government to enhance our communities, and we wrapped up the day with Future Crunch, who wowed us with their knowledge and explained that adaptability is the key to success moving into the future.

The LG Professionals SA corporate partners and event sponsors who attended the day commented that they love coming to the SA conference to connect with our members, and we thank these organisations for their ongoing support of our Association. Thanks must also go to all the speakers and presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

To view the 2023 Annual State Conference Program please click here.

Mailing Address: 148 Frome Street ADELAIDE SA 5000   Phone: 08 8224 2080   Email: admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

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