Through the CONCEPT PROJECT, officers who are ready for a challenge and want to test
their skills or develop new skills in a ‘safe’ environment will have the
opportunity to take on a challenging project, working on an issue outside their
in a self-directed project team of five, participants will be given a current
issue identified by the Host Council.
The project team’s role is to investigate the issue and develop
solutions for the council. To do this,
the team will be provided with access to relevant officers in council in order
to learn about the matter, understand the context in which it exists and
discuss the options that have already been considered, as well as any feedback
received on those options.
ten weeks, the team will undertake further research in order to develop and
test options. The team may opt to meet
face-to-face during this time to work on their project but the bulk of project
planning and communication is likely to be conducted over the phone or
online. The project will culminate in a
presentation to council on the team’s recommendations. In this ‘mock’ council meeting, elected
members and officers will ask questions about the recommendations and rationale
for each. You never know, the
recommendation may even be adopted in the future!
the presentation, the project team will receive feedback on the solution
presented and their presentation of it.
Importantly, the project team will also de-brief their processes,
individual input and teamwork in order to maximise the lessons from the
Who should enrol?
Queensland members looking to expand or test their skills in:
- policy development
- project management;
- the political
Queensland local government
consider participating in this programme.
It will particularly suit officers who are looking to make the next
career move and want to build confidence and knowledge in these skill areas
before applying for that promotion and also those who are looking to challenge
themselves professionally and experiment with innovative solutions.
will need to be able to dedicate some time outside work hours to
contribute. This is estimated to be
around 4 hours per week.
project team for each intake will be carefully selected from the nominee pool
in order to create a diverse team with a mix of skills and experience.
the CONCEPT PROJECT is only open to LGMA Queensland
members (Individual). There is no charge
to participate as it is offered as a Member benefit. Participants will need to bear the cost of two
visits to the participating council, further face-to-face meetings as
determined by the project team as well as any associated costs of undertaking