Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

As we power towards the end of 2022, I have been reflecting on another huge year for LG Professionals SA.

2022 has seen record attendance in an number of areas, with our sector engagement growing significantly. The team behind the delivery of our suite of development opportunities are constantly striving for excellence and devoted to delivering valuable opportunities for you, our members, and it is a privilege to lead them.

Some of our highlights for 2022 include:

  • Welcoming 275 attendees to our Annual State Conference ‘Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector’
  • Proudly watching on as 11 teams took part in the 2022 Management Challenge
  • Welcoming 464 guests to our 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner where we celebrated a record number of 116 Leadership Excellence Award nominations 
  • Celebrating a record number of 267 Women’s Network Conference registrations
  • Receiving a record number of 16 Board Member nominations
  • Launching a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in partnership with UniSA – contextualised to the local government sector
  • Recently re-launching the General Managers and Directors Network which provides a supportive space for General Managers and Directors from SA councils to come together to learn from each other, share experience, discuss timely topics and collaborate with peers
  • Re-launching the Business Performance and Improvement Network, with a renewed focus on bringing councils together to improve service planning, delivery and focus on performance outcomes, whilst facilitating and promoting collaboration across the sector
  • Strengthening the engagement with all Networks and their Committees, which has resulted in a record number of committee nominations across the board
  • Celebrating all of our leadership program participants who have graduated in 2022
  • Seeing our membership go from strength to strength – with an increase from 1920 to 2439 individual members this calendar year
  • Collaborating with the 64 councils and 7 subsidiaries who have purchased organisation memberships and are demonstrating dedication to the professional development of their staff at all levels

As you take the time to reflect on your own successes and accomplishments in 2022 and look towards 2023, I urge you to consider nominating your achievements for a Leadership Excellence Award, registering for one of our flagship Leadership Programs or the Annual State Conference, or getting a team together for the Management Challenge. As always, if you'd like to chat about how we can support you on your leadership journey please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you to our program partners, Corporate and Event Partners, volunteer Network Committee Members and Board Members for your invaluable support and contribution to the sector in 2022. It truly is a pleasure to partner with each and every one of you. 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season - we look forward to continuing to deliver quality professional development, capacity building and opportunities for connection for our members in 2023.

Best wishes

December 2022
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Friday 19 May 2023 - 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

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

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

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

Earlier this month our 2022 Emerging Leaders Program cohort presented their final group presentations and graduated from the program. This is one of our favourite events of the year, as the energy and passion for the sector is evident in the presentations made by our emerging leaders and all those who support them.

If you'd like to read the group presentations please see them below:

Project Group 1 – How to Better Engage Young Adults 18-25 Years in Council Decision-Making

Project Group 2 – Mandatory Voting in Local Government Elections

Project Group 3 – Charging Towards an Electric Vehicle Future

Project Group 4 – Attracting Talent in Local Government

What a journey they have had! We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them flourish in the next stage of their leadership journey.

Congratulations to you all!


The LG Professionals SA Annual Leadership Excellence Awards program recognises outstanding achievements and innovation in local government. Consider encouraging your colleagues to nominate, or submit your own nomination, for one of the 11 categories listed below:

  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Emergency Management / Disaster Recovery 
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in People and Culture

Nominations close 5.00pm Friday 3 February 2023. 

**Nominations for the 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards are open to Council or Subsidiary Organisation Members only. Should you be unsure if you are eligible, please visit www.lgprofessionalssa.org.au/Membership**

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Friday 24 March 2023

The program has been released for the LG Professionals SA 2023 Annual State Conference - Reaching New Heights.

The carefully curated 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.

Download the full program here.

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Thursday 4 May 2023

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in local government in Australia and New Zealand for more than 25 years. 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.

Teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique, fast paced, "pressure cooker" environment. Some tasks will require written responses (such as a council report or recommendation document), 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.

Register your team today!

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We are your association, and we are here to support you on your career journey.

Not a member? Check here to see if your council or subsidiary is a member - if so, you can activate your membership for free!

We've put together a list of 10 great reasons to join as a member of LG Professionals SA - see the full list here.

Support others from within your organisation on their leadership journey through mentoring and peer support. Be a mentor to a Management Challenge team or support a Leadership Program participant.

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Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by


Daniel Jellings

This month we caught up with Daniel Jellings, Manager Performance and Strategy at City of Mitcham about his role, the Leadership Excellence Awards and what he loves about working in local government. 

What is your role and what does it involve?

I’m privileged to manage our Performance and Strategy team, which exists to help Council set a clear purpose, maintain its integrity, listen to the community, make strong decisions and monitor its progress. This means my role stretches across governance, risk, marketing & engagement, strategy and corporate reporting. Read more...

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 networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

LG Professionals SA, in partnership with UniSA, is pleased to offer a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, contextualised to the South Australian local government sector.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a nested suite in Business Administration where each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to the next level qualification. If you finish this graduate certificate and want to continue your studies, you can use this degree as a pathway and gain credit for successfully completed courses into the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Business Administration (MBA).

To request a copy of the recording of the recent virtual information session, please contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

If you would like to register your interest to take part in this program in 2023 please contact Rhiannon Grebenshikoff, Chief Executive Officer at rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

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2023 Leadership Programs

Enhance your leadership toolkit in 2023 by stepping out of your comfort zone and undertaking one of our flagship Leadership Programs. Each program is contextualised specifically for the local government sector. No matter your job level, we offer a program that will support you in your development journey. 

We currently have places remaining in the following programs for 2023:

If you are interested in learning more about these programs please visit the relevant web pages above.

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Our 2022 Emerging Leaders Program cohort presented their final group presentations and graduated earlier this month. We caught up with Hannah Stevens, Coordinator Customer Relations at City of Onkaparinga to find out how she found the Emerging Leaders Program.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)?

Previously I had the opportunity to participate in the LG Professionals SA Management Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed the process and confidence it gave me in my current leadership position. As a leader in the Customer Relations team at the City of Onkaparinga I am always looking for new ways to learn and develop to support my team and the organisation, so the Emerging Leaders Program was another great opportunity to pick up new skills to support this.

You recently presented your project presentations – what was your chosen topic and some of the project highlights?

Our chosen topic for the project regarding the biggest opportunity facing local government in South Australia in the next 5 years was mandatory voting in local government elections. I really enjoyed the process working as a team putting this together and working as a group to utilise each other’s strengths.

What was your biggest take away from the program?

I really felt that the program gave me a deeper understanding of how local government operates and what it really takes to be a leader when it comes to building a great culture and leading change. I am also thankful for the connections that were built along the way with other program participants. 

What advice would you give to someone considering undertaking the Emerging Leaders Program?

Just do it! You don’t need to have all the skills and knowledge to do this program. You will work with others that are also learning and will pick up the skills you need along the way.


The 2023 Emerging Leaders Program is open for registrations. To find out more about this program please click here.

New Members

Welcome to our 67 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.

Our short courses are scheduled based on expressions of interest. If you are interested in attending any of the following short courses please complete an EOI through the link below and we will be in touch once we have adequate numbers to deliver that short course. 

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council. Please contact Elyse Hearne at admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

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Wednesday 8 February 2023

Deliver a great customer service experience while balancing compliance and regulatory requirements.

This course enables you to identify the dynamics at play where there is tension between needing to meet compliance requirements, meeting strategic objectives and maintaining strong customer relations within the community. You’ll learn the approaches, skills and behaviours that you can use on a daily basis to navigate this situation and be known for providing excellent customer service and improved performance, while meeting required levels of regulation.

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

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Wednesday 22 March 2023

Learn how to improve your writing skills to communicate clearly, efficiently and with impact using plain English principles.

Even if your role doesn’t require a lot of writing, how you come across is crucial to your credibility. The ability to write clearly, precisely, powerfully and persuasively is a key skill that enables you to summarise and present ideas, build relationships and gain commitment to action. It can also demonstrate your knowledge, confidence and professionalism.

This course uses your own writing examples to demonstrate the use of Plain English principles and persuasive writing techniques.

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

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Wednesday 29 March 2023

Learn the strategies and behaviours of effective negotiations with constructive outcomes.

This course is designed to help professionals gain an insight into their current negotiation behaviours and preferences, to understand the fundamental framework for all negotiations and to develop the skills and micro-skills that are necessary to navigate through the range of negotiations they face in the workplace.

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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