Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy end of April!

I'd like to thank the 700 of you who recently completed our Annual Survey - we are so appreciative of you taking the time to provide your feedback and insights - these will be used to inform the future of our offerings to you. Whilst the survey is now closed, please feel encouraged to reach out to me at any time. I am always available to discuss how your Association can support you, no matter what stage of your professional development journey.

On Thursday 4 May we will welcome 17 teams to Morphettville Racecourse for this year’s Management Challenge – I’m sure most participants will be feeling nervous, excited and wondering what the day has in store. We here at LG Professionals SA know what the day has in store, and comfort zones will be stepped out of, but all in the spirit of fun, learning and growth. Best of luck to all teams, I know you will have a fantastic day.

This will be our last newsletter before the winners of our 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards are announced. I have loved celebrating the finalists of each category as they are announced – if you have missed these please head over to our LinkedIn to view category finalists released so far. Finalists for all remaining categories will be released in the lead-up to the dinner.  I encourage you to reach out to those shortlisted, as a sector local government deliver so much for communities and these achievements should be celebrated amongst peers.

We are so looking forward to celebrating the amazing achievements of local government professionals on Friday 19 May.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes

April 2023
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A Message from our Emerald Partner

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the sector 

Did you miss out on registering for the 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner? If you'd still like to attend please contact Megan Hay on 08 8224 2087 or email mhay@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Date: Friday 19 May 2023

Time: 6:45pm - late

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre


Please save the date for the following LG Professionals SA events for 2023. If you are planning a local government event, we invite you to contact us to avoid date clashes. 

Friday 28 July 2023 - LG Professionals SA People and Culture Network Conference 

Friday 25 August 2023 - LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network Conference

Thursday 19 October 2023 - LG Professionals SA Rural Management Challenge

Friday 3 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Women's Network Conference

Thursday 9 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting 

Friday 17 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference


LG Professionals SA are pleased to be partnering with Anna Lee of Hacks for Her to explore the opportunity to deliver a new program for local government women, to support them in navigating their careers with courage and confidence. The program is designed to be highly interactive, with an emphasis on peer learning. The program will be scheduled on an EOI basis – should you be interested please express your interest below. 

Career Navigator Program

A hybrid program for women in non-leadership roles who want to take charge of their careers.

Delivered over two 1-1.5 hour sessions and a two-day in-person workshop, this program is suitable for aspiring leaders, high potential women and women who may not wish to move into more senior roles, but who want to build their professional presence and cultivate greater influence and impact in the workplace.

The Career Navigator Program supports women to develop a strong, authentic professional identity and approach their career and work with positivity and proactivity.

The Program equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  • build their professional presence and profile
  • maintain their cool in stressful and challenging situations
  • understand and navigate organisational politics and team dynamics with integrity
  • apply a Growth Mindset to personal and professional challenges to build resilience and wellbeing
  • set and pursue personal and professional goals
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The LG Professionals SA Business Performance and
Improvement Network (BPIN) held its first forum since the Network's relaunch on Wednesday 5 April 2023. The purpose of this network is to bring specialists across councils together who share an interest in improving business performance outcomes, as well as unlocking opportunities for recognition and collaboration across the sector.

This exciting and refreshed forum focused on challenging our network members to 'Think Differently'. The session was interactive and engaging, with a 'speed dating' style activity where members discussed and highlighted what problems they are currently trying to solve and identified where there are untapped opportunities for collaboration. They also shared which achievements they are most proud of and discussed what informed decision making and business improvement looks like in their respective organisations.

Common themes in the discussions included the importance of data to enable artificial intelligence, customer and human-centred design models for improvement and services, digital transformation and creating trust in our local communities to drive co-ownership and co-design in services.

Guest speaker, Amanda Cech, Manager Innovation and Performance at City of Charles Sturt shared her learnings and achievements in improvement and innovation throughout her career in the manufacturing industry and shared how she is successfully applying the same principles to drive a culture of improvement and innovation at the City of Charles Sturt.

The themes identified in this network event by attendees will be used to shape the foundation and direction of the BPIN Committee's agenda and strategic direction. Exciting times ahead!


Gemma Capoccia
Vice Chair
LG Professionals SA
Business Performance and Improvement Network Committee


Are you aware of the most recent changes in employment and industrial relations law and how it may have an impact on your organisation?

Norman Waterhouse pre-eminent Walking the Talk Conference 'Consolidate and Grow' will provide you with a case law update, featuring recent cases that have shaped the continuously shifting legal landscape.

Legal experts and special guest speakers will not only share the key points of these cases with you but explain how they may have direct consequences on your organisation.
This year they will take a deeper look at effective management and equip you with the strategies and tools you need to build good foundations in your workplace.

Registrations are now open!

Register now

Meet the LG Professionals SA Team

Meet Liz O'Flynn

Liz joined LG Professionals SA in 2022 after nine years in the LGA Training team. She loves people and is passionate about developing holistic learning experiences that are considered and offer goal-orientated learning pathways to positively impact both personal and professional development. Read more...


Join Parks & Leisure Australia (SA/NT) for a one-day conference in the beautiful Barossa Valley. The theme 'Active Recreation' will focus on the increased demand for unstructured recreational activities and will highlight the innovative ways the parks and leisure industry are shaping our communities and responding to trends.

Learn more and register

Network News

LG Professionals SA Members are invited to join one of our many Networks.

Networks are groups of professionals who share a common interest or experience. We run a comprehensive range of Network meetings and forums throughout the year, offering staff the opportunity to learn and develop whilst sharing and networking with peers from their own and other councils and subsidiaries, across the state.

Our Networks include:

Join a Network today

If you would like to know more about our Network offerings, or have a suggestion for a new Network, please contact Haylie Maynard, Membership and Networks Officer at haylie@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Network Offerings

Women's Network Forum

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Women's Network Forum

Friday 22 September 2023

Further information will be released soon.

General Managers and Directors Network Forum
Thursday 6 July 2023

Further information will be released soon.

General Managers and Directors Network Forum
Thursday 26 October 2023

Further information will be released soon.

People and Culture Network Forum

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Further information will be released soon.

People and Culture Network Forum

Wednesday 16 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Business Performance and
Improvement Network Forum

Thursday 10 August 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 23 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Community Managers Network
Open Network Meetings

The Community Managers Network are pleased to offer bimonthly ‘Open Network Meetings’ in 2023, providing the opportunity for local government professionals of all levels working in the community services or community development space in council to come together to hear from topical speakers, and provide the opportunity for community managers and practitioners to connect, gain insights, share ideas and discuss common areas of interest. 

Should you work in the community space and would like to attend, or have a colleague who would benefit from taking part, please email Haylie Maynard, Membership and Networks Officer at 
haylie@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to be added to future calendar notes.

Meetings will be held in a hybrid format, from 9:30AM – 11:30AM, with in person attendance at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide, or via Zoom.

Future dates are:

  • Friday 28 April 2023
  • Friday 30 June 2023
  • Friday 1 September 2023

Community Changemakers Summit
Saturday 27 May 2023

Registrations are now open to attend the Community Changemakers Summit held at SAMHRI in the Adelaide CBD. The summit will bring together inspirational keynote speakers and young leaders from across SA to learn more about local government and empower young people with the tools to create positive change in their community.

Register now

RelianSys® is Australia’s leading provider of governance solutions for Local Government and other highly regulated industries.

Delivering best-in-class, cloud-based software, RelianSys® governance suite enables Councils of any size to establish control, improve visibility and boost productivity.

RelianSys® Delegations+ streamlines the delegation process making Register creation and maintenance easy:

  • Delegation Register automation: eliminates spreadsheets saving time and effort
  • Online delegation library access: tailor to needs, with clear visibility of updates
  • Powerful reporting: by Position, compare changes, quickly update titles

For more information or to arrange a demo contact Febin Philip, Business Development Manager on 1300 793 905 or fphilip@reliansys.com.au

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Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by

Amanda Cech

This month we spoke with with Amanda Cech, Manager, Innovation & Performance, at City of Charles Sturt about her career and role, as well as innovation in both the private sector and local government.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am the Manager of Innovation and Performance at City of Charles Sturt. It is a collaborative position across the organisation championing our four pillars- Project Management Office (PMO), Business Insights, Continuous Improvement and Strategy. Read more...

New Members

Welcome to our 43 new members! Click here to see the list.

We look forward to providing support and professional development and networking opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

Kickstart your professional development journey in 2023

We offer a range of short courses that have been curated to equip the sector’s staff with the skills essential to deliver on efficiency, performance and continuous improvement.

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council.
Please contact Eve Jackson, Training Support Officer at eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

Find out more

Introduction to
Project Management
Monday 8 May 2023

Learn the basic principles required for managing successful projects that drive real results.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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Conflict Resolution
Thursday 1 June 2023

Improve your ability to handle the emotion and stress of conflict, enabling you to think through the situation and resolve it with confidence.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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Advanced Project Management
Friday 2 June 2023

Beyond providing you with essential knowledge and skills to plan, manage and execute projects on time and on budget, this program takes a deeper dive into project management theory and looks at both operational and strategic elements of project management. This course is suitable for staff who have experience with managing projects.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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Performance Coaching
Monday 26 June 2023

Develop skills in informal performance conversations and increase leadership effectiveness through performance coaching skills.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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LG Professionals SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you work for or know an organisation who would be interested in gaining exposure to local government professionals through sponsorship with LG Professionals SA? 

As a not-for-profit association, LG Professionals SA rely on the support of sponsors to be able to continue to deliver the range of high quality events and professional development programs that we are known for.

Partnering with sponsors also creates opportunities for our members to learn, build relationships and receive best value.

Please contact Rhiannon for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.

About Local Government Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals SA is a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. 

Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals. 

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector. 

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national Federation of State based Local Government Professionals Australia organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.

LG Professionals SA  I 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000  I  Phone: 08 8224 2080

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