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 local government would most likely face.
The teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique one-day, 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.
Who should enter?
Anyone! You don't have to be a manager to enter - the Management Challenge is about developing people, including future leaders!
The many thousands of local government employees who have participated in the Management Challenge have demonstrated that almost any local government officer with the right attitude will take away enduring benefits from the experience.
Too small? Too far away? Probably not!
Sometimes local governments feel they are too small to field a competitive team. However, this can also be an advantage because you may already have a highly functioning, close knit team! You could also consider entering a composite team - made up of members of your own local government plus one or more other local governments. In 2018, a composite team from Tasmania won the Regional Event and went on to compete in the National Final.
There is also a Smaller local government subsidy available for local governments or groups of local governments in a composite team that have less than 20,000 residents. The subsidy is a $1,500 discount on the entry fee.
Some simple steps to get you started.
Download the Getting Started
guide. This will give you a good understanding of how the Management Challenge works and what it delivers, plus some good tips on forming a team and choosing a mentor.
Choose a team and a mentor.
Choose five to six team members. The team also needs a mentor – someone who can, with material supplied, guide the team through the preparation phase. Early appointment of your mentor will assist them with team formation and pre-challenge task preparation.
The learnings begin
Once you have registered, your team can download further resources from the website and the fun can begin.
The Pre-Challenge task will be made available to Mentors in March 2019. This will be assessed as part of the team's overall performance, so teams should plan to allow sufficient time to complete this task.
Management Challenge Brochure
View photos from the 2018 Management Challenge