Australasian Management Challenge

The Australasian Management Challenge is a development program that provides real life problem solving experiences and produces outcomes that translate into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for people, teams and organisations. It's also good fun, great value and a hands-on approach to leadership development. The annual challenge brings Council teams together from across Australia & New Zealand.

About the challenge 

Teams of five or six members (from any level of Local Government) undertake tasks alongside other participating Councils that typify management in the Local Government environment.

With the aid of an in-house mentor and detailed preparation kit, teams spend time together in the weeks preceding the regional event to develop their skills, get to know each other's strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies. They also need to complete a Pre-Challenge Task that is counted towards the team's final assessment.

The challenge provides an opportunity for team members to develop their skills and become more effective in the way they:

  • Think
  • Lead
  • Communicate
  • Negotiate
  • Analyse
  • Decide
  • Engage
A regional challenge is held in Victoria and the winning team competes in the national event.

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2020 Challenge

Get on board - Registrations for the 2020 Management Challenge are open!

The Australasian 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.

Please visit the website to view additional information, including a short video of Challenge Day and testimonial videos by CEO’s, mentors and participants speaking about the many benefits that the Management Challenge delivers to individuals, teams and organisations.

If you haven’t registered a team before - we strongly encourage you to do so.

 If you’re a smaller council, you can even partner up with a neighbouring council (or instead you may be eligible for a significant subsidy – Earlybird pricing closes at the end of November.


The Victorian heats of the 2020 Management Challenge will be held on held on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 May.

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