Who is Local Government Managers Australia (Queensland)?

Local Government Managers Australia, Queensland (LGMA Queensland) is the leader in local government advocacy, collaborative learning and professional development.  We represent the needs of our members to other spheres of government and to various stakeholders in order to create the most effective working environment for officers and to allow them to thrive.  LGMA Queensland seeks to ensure its members are industry leaders, always at the forefront of good practice, change, innovation and the continuous elevation of local government in the state.

We have developed a collaborative membership, constantly growing in vitality and diversity. With all Queensland councils involved with LGMA Queensland, we have access to some of the most influential practitioners and are able to develop specialist events and training programmes, specific to the needs of individuals working in the sector.

If you work in local government in Queensland, then LGMA Queensland is an organisation you should be involved with – for your own career and in order to better serve your community. 


Managing Your Development

LGMA Queensland is your organisation and is here to help you in your local government career.  In 2016 we will again offer a host of new and established programmes aimed at helping our members improve their skills and practices so they can perform better; for their own benefit and for that of their organisations and communities.  No matter where you are in your career, chances are we have a programme that will support you in reaching that next stage of development.

Do you need skills in managing people?  Ignite is available for newer managers or the Management Masterclass if you are more experienced.

Do you want to troubleshoot matters specific to your area and learn from the experiences of other councils?  The Villages should give you this exposure.

Do you want to develop your understanding of how Queensland local governments work and what they do across the state and across departments?  The Propeller Programme will give you this.

Or are you searching for someone to guide you and support you as you shape your career aspirations and move toward them?  The Mentoring Programme will provide you with a mentor to help you through the coming months and, in a structured way, assist you to develop the skills and approaches you need.

Let us help you reach those goals in 2016.  Contact any of the staff at LGMA Queensland for more information about these opportunities or to discuss a tailor development programme to suit your needs.

The 2016 LGMA Queensland calendar of events can be accessed here.


2016 Annual Conference 

6-8 September 2016 - Port Douglas.

This topical and insightful conference will bring together local government officers from across the state to consider 
key trends and challenge in leading communities; the challenges of engagement, driving behaviour change, reading community needs and motivations and managing the lines between elected and appointed officials. The conference will allow you to explore leadership in the local government context, considering the way we interact with our communities, the information we provide, the power we delegate through partnerships and the way we lead and structure our organisations
– Queensland councils. Do the results of elections, for example, actually send a relevant and important message to officers about what our communities value and their level of trust in the organisation as a whole, rather than just a message about political affiliation? 

The Animating Leadership Conference will explore this and other pertinent aspects of local government leadership through the perspectives of politicians from all spheres of government, the media, academia and the business world. Hosted by Douglas Shire Council, the 2016 LGMA Annual Conference offers a fun and informative break from every-day council pressures to reflect on your leadership, consider the needs of your community, share experiences with colleagues and refresh your perspective.

Join us in September for what promises to be an incredible event. Download the registration form here. You will find the programme here. 


2016 Awards for Excellence, and the Winner is...

The local government night of nights was held on Thursday 14th April where attendees from all over Queensland celebrated all that is great in local government.  

For information on all of the categories and winners, please click here. 

For photos of the event please visit our Facebook page


Congratulations to Hans Muller, from Longreach Regional Council for winning the Young Manager of the Year 2016 Award.

Hans was presented with his well-deserved award at the Future Leaders Forum held in Brisbane on the 12 and 13 May. Congratulations to all other nominees, it was very difficult to pick a winner from such a deserving group! 




The good stuff

Register for the Executive Management Programme (EMP) CLICK HERE

Register for the Annual Conference CLICK HERE

Register for the ICT Village CLICK HERE


Executive Management Programme

20 - 22 July 2016, Shangri-La Gardens, 1969 Wynnum Road, Wynnum West, Brisbane.

Leading Local Government – Executive Management in Queensland Local Government is the professional development programme for local government professionals wanting a more complete understanding of the role of the Chief Executive Officer within the Queensland local government system.  The programme has been written by experienced CEOs and senior managers from Queensland local government. The programme and registration form can be found here.


Information Communication Technology (ICT) Village 

29 June 2016, The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

The ICT Village shres tools and templates as well as experiences and learnings, whilst networking with others who hold a similar role and responsibility. The topics for this Village include: Community Engagement, Digital Initiatives, Cloud Migration, Data Collection and much more! The programme and registration form can be found here.


Manager of the Year - 2016

Nominations are now open!

As part of LGMA Queensland’s commitment to recognise outstanding leadership and management excellence in local government, the Manager of the Year Award for Leadership and Management Excellence is awarded annually.  The Award acknowledges and encourages leadership and management excellence and is presented to a senior local government employee who has made an outstanding contribution to the positive growth of their council and community. The Award is open to senior managers who are employed by a Queensland local government and have been for a minimum of 12 months. The 2016 Manager of the Year nomination form and guidelines can be accessed here.


Rural Management Challenge 2016

The Rural Management Challenges are based on the successful concept of the Australasian Management Challenge.  The Rural Management Challenge is a development programme that provides real-life problem solving experiences and produces outcomes that translate into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for individuals, teams and the organisation.

In 2016, the challenges are hosted by: NQ Rural Management Challenge - hosted by Tablelands Regional Council, 6 October 2016; CQ Rural Management Challenge - hosted by Central Highlands Regional Council, 3 November 2016; SQ Rural Management Challenge - hosted by Southern Downs Regional Council, 10 November 2016. If you have any questions regarding the challenge, please contact Robyn on:

Phone:    (07) 3174 5004




25 June 2015 Central Qld Branch in Bargara

Click here for further information and to download registration forms.

Information Communication Technology (ICT) Village 

29 June 2016, The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

The ICT Village shres tools and templates as well as experiences and learnings, whilst networking with others who hold a similar role and responsibility. The topics for this Village include: Community Engagement, Digital Initiatives, Cloud Migration, Data Collection and much more! The programme and registration form can be found here.

Information Communication Technology (ICT) Village 

29 June 2016, The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

The ICT Village shres tools and templates as well as experiences and learnings, whilst networking with others who hold a similar role and responsibility. The topics for this Village include: Community Engagement, Digital Initiatives, Cloud Migration, Data Collection and much more! The programme and registration form can be found here.

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