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.

Teams are provided a series of tasks throughout 'Challenge Day' which require them to respond to a range of scenarios.

Some challenge tasks require written responses, some take the form of role play or presentations and the teams are scored on observations of how well they display energy, synergy, effectiveness and creative thinking.

The Management Challenge helps participants to develop key skills such as leadership, analytics, communication, negotiation, decision-making and presentation skills.

Who should be part of your team?

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.

Please refer to the Management Challenge Brochure for further information on:
  • Benefits of participation
  • Choosing a team and a mentor
  • How to form a team
  • Composite teams
  • How the challenge works   

Key 2023 Challenge Dates

  • Registrations open December 2022
  • Early Bird Registrations close Monday 30 January 2023
  • Registrations close Monday 20 February 2023
  • Pre-challenge Task released Monday 27 February 2023
  • Pre-Challenge Task due Monday 3 April 2023
  • Regional events run between April - May2023
  • Australasian Final - August 2023

WA challenge

Venue: TBC

Challenge Dates

The WA regional challenge is a one-day event that will take place in May 2023. (Date TBC)
The Australasian final will be held in August 2023 (State and venue TBC)


The early bird team fee is: $5,885.00
The regular team fee is: $6,325.00

To be eligible for the early bird fee, payment must be received by Monday 30 January 2023.


Whilst we are sympathetic to the inevitability of changing circumstances, each cancelled registration incurs a cost. It is for this reason that the following cancellation terms apply:

More than 14 days prior to program commencement on Monday 27 February 2023
100% Refund

Between 7 - 14 days prior to program commencement on Monday 27 February 2023
50% Refund

Within 7 days of program commencement on Monday 27 February 2023
No Refund

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to [email protected]