Rural Management Challenge

What is the the Rural Management Challenge?

The LG Professionals SA Rural Management Challenge is a sophisticated developmental program that produces relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, your teams and your Council. Councils enter teams of four staff from any level or area. These teams compete to complete a variety of tasks that simulate different activities that council manage on a day-today basis. As some of these tasks or issues may be outside the team members’ usual role, it provides the perfect opportunity to broaden their understanding of different areas of the organisation. Areas covered may include risk, finance, community consultation, human resources, marketing and communications and more. Previous tasks have included role plays, reports, presentations, mock media interviews and team swaps.

The winning team will receive 6 tickets (for 4 team members, their mentor & CEO) to attend the 2022 Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner where they will be officially presented with the winner's trophy.

Why should you enter?

The Rural Management Challenge provides rural councils with a unique opportunity for staff development, with an emphasis of learning, both individually and as a team. It is an immersive experience designed to develop your skills to become more effective in the way you lead, think, communicate, negotiate, decide, analyse and engage.

    Key Dates

    Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2021 Rural Management Challenge.

    Expressions of Interest close Friday 30 July

    The 2021 event has tentatively been scheduled to be held on Thursday 18 November 2021 in the Adelaide CBD.

    If we receive commitment from eight Councils the event will be viable, and registrations will open on Monday 2 August 2021 (closing on Friday 17 September 2021) with a Pre-Challenge Task released in late September/early October 2021.


    > View the 2021 Rural Management Challenge Expression of Interest  Flyer



    Hannah Knott
    Events and Administration Officer

      p: 08 8291 7995

    2019 Rural Management Challenge

    Congratulations to the 2019 champions - Renmark Paringa Council 'Renmarkable Islanders' 

    See also: 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.


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