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for over 25 years

What is the Management Challenge?

The Management 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.

The teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique one-day, fast paced, ‘pressure cooker’ environment. Some tasks will require written responses (such as a council report or recommendation document), and some will take the form of role plays or presentations and the teams are also scored on observations of how well they display energy, synergy, effectiveness and creative thinking.

The Management Challenge provides an excellent professional development opportunity to become more effective in leading, thinking, communicating, negotiating, decision-making, analysing and engaging.

Tasks are scored by experienced markers and observers, and the winner earns the coveted title of Regional Challenge Winner—and goes on to participate in the National Final held in conjunction with the LG Professionals National Congress.

2023 Management Challenge

Information on the 2023 Management Challenge will be released in November 2022. 


Visit the Management Challenge website for more information.


  Megan Down
  Manager - Events
  p: 08 8224 2088 

  Chloe Lock
  Events and Administration Officer
  p: 08 8224 2092

2022 Management Challenge

The LG Professionals SA Management Challenge was held on Wednesday 11 May, and what a day it was! The sun was shining on teams at Morphettville Racecourse, but none were to be distracted by the stunning views – they were all 100% focused on the tasks at hand!

The range of tasks certainly put our 11 Challenge teams to the test, as they were forced to respond to a variety of scenarios throughout the day. To their credit, all Challenge teams demonstrated great spirit, camaraderie and innovative thinking at every turn.

We were pleased to join teams, mentors and supporters as they came together in the afternoon for well-earned celebratory drinks, and to reflect on their experience over the course of the day. 

Following the announcement of the Challenge winner at last week’s LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, we look forward to the National Challenge Final in Adelaide in August where SA will be represented by state winners ‘The Notorious C.O.B’ from the City of Burnside. Congratulations to all involved!

Here's a recap of the day

Congratulations to the 2022 Champions - City of Burnside - The Notorious C.O.B.

2nd Place - City of Marion - Super Marion Brothers
3rd Place - City of Adelaide - Adelaide Malls Ballers

See also: Rural Management Challenge

The Rural Management Challenge is a sophisticated developmental program that produces outcomes that have relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, your teams and your council.


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