The new season of the Australasian Management Challenge delivered by Local Government Professionals Australia in partnership with Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa, LGPro Victoria and Local Government Managers Australia Queensland is underway with the official launch of the 2022 programme.

Local Government Professionals Australia CEO Catherine Carter said now is the right time for senior local council leaders to talk to their staff about getting a team together to compete.

“For more than 25 years, the Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development for local government across Australia and New Zealand, on average attracting more than 100 teams, and hundreds of local government professionals from across Oceania.

“The Management Challenge provides a unique opportunity for local government professionals to take part in a simulation-based team building, learning and networking programme using real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team within local council would likely face.

“The issues local government have faced over the past two years, including natural disasters and a pandemic, have cast into sharp relief the increasingly wide array of challenges local government professionals are faced with on a day-to-day basis.

“For these reasons, the 2022 Management Challenge is now, more than ever, a critical part of the local government learning and development toolkit. The Management Challenge helps participants to develop key skills such as leadership, analytics, communication, negotiation, presentation and decision-making skills.

“Best of all, you don’t need to be a manager to get involved. In fact, the whole point of the Management Challenge is to find the local government professional leaders of tomorrow.

“Registrations are now open via the Australasian Management Challenge website. Early bird registrations are available until close of business on 22 January 2022, and registrations close on 12 February 2022,“ Ms Carter said.

Otago Regional Council (pictured) competed against the winning Australian teams in the 2021 Management Challenge, ultimately coming second overall.