Rural Management Challenge

What is the Rural Management Challenge?

The LG Professionals SA Rural Management Challenge is a sophisticated development 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 of the organisation. These teams compete to complete a variety of tasks that simulate different activities that council manage on a day-to-day 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 each team member, their mentor & CEO) to attend the 2024 Leadership Excellence Awards Gala 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

    The 2023 event was held on Thursday 19 October 2023 at The Terrace Hotel, South Terrace, Adelaide. 

    Well done to all 13 team who competed in the 2023 Rural Management Challenge. 

    Winner: Adelaide Plains Council – APC All Stars

    Second place: City of Victor Harbor - Pultang Miwi

    Third place: District Council Of Loxton Waikerie - The Itty Bitty City Committee

    The Rural Management Challenge will be returning again in 2025. More details for this event will be released closer to this date. 


    > View the 2023 Rural Management Challenge 


      Megan Down
      Manager - Events & Partnerships
      p: 08 8224 2088 

      Megan Hay
      Events Coordinator
      p: 08 8224 2087


    2023 Rural Management Challenge

    Congratulations to the 2023 champions - Adelaide Plains Council 'APC All Stars' 

    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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