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The Rural Management Challenges (RMC) are based on the successful concept of the Australasian Management Challenge.  They are 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.

Councils nominate a team of four people (who may or may not have worked together before) to compete against teams within their region.  A team mentor should also be appointed by each council to assist with preparing the team.  However, on Challenge day, the team is on their own!  Additionally, it is great if councils can assist with providing observers and actors to help LGMA with the Challenge programme.

Throughout the day, the team will be given a range of tasks that simulate different business-related tasks and activities that council manages on a day-to-day basis. As some of these tasks or issues may be outside the team members’ usual role, it provides the perfect opportunity to broaden the understanding and appreciation of what council does and what other people within your council manage every day.

It also provides a perfect opportunity to develop and strengthen your team skills. This includes communication and presentation skills, influencing and negotiation skills and managing resources and time. All within a fun and highly supportive environment.

The teams are observed throughout the day on their team processes – how well they worked together, how they resolved differences of opinion, how they ensured that they kept on track and managed the tasks. The teams are also assessed on what they produce (e.g. reports, presentations etc.).

Rural Management Challenges are held in three areas and usually occur during October/November each year.  

2020 Dates:
Southern Queensland RMC will be held on Wednesday, 21 October in Toowoomba - hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council.  Registration closes on 26 August and the Team Kit and Pre-Challenge Tasks will be available from 1 September.  Venue: Highfields Cultural Centre, O'Brien Rd, Highfields (20 mins north of Toowoomba CBD).  

North Queensland RMC will be held on Tuesday, 10 November in Innisfail - hosted by Cassowary Coast Regional Council.  Registration closes on 18 September and the Team Kit and Pre-Challenge Tasks will be available from 21 September.  Venue: Innisfail Shire Hall, 72 Rankin Street, Innisfail.

Central Queensland RMC will be held on Wednesday, 25 November in Moranbah - hosted by Isaac Regional Council. Registration closes on 2 October and the Team Kit and Pre-Challenge Tasks will be available form 5 October.  Venue: Moranbah Community Centre, 89 Mills Ave, Moranbah.

For further information, please access the 2020 Rural Management Challenge Brochure here.

To register your team today click here.  The entry fee per team is $1,530.  An invoice will be sent to each Team Mentor following online registration.

Please note the Branch Forums scheduled for 22 October, 11 November and 26 November have been cancelled this year.  Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

To advise your expression of interest, or if you have any questions relating to the Rural Management Challenge, please contact  David Stanley:

07 3174 5004 /

''If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you''

Rural Management Challenge 2019 results

Southern Queensland:

Winner: Southern Downs Regional Council, CSI

2nd Place: Toowoomba Regional Council, Toowoomba Challengers

3rd Place: Western Downs Regional Council, Wind Turbines

North Queensland:

Winner: Cairns Regional Council, Feel the Sting

2nd Place: Douglas Shire Council, Tropical Avengers

3rd Place: Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Reef Rollers

Central Queensland:

Winner: Isaac Regional Council, All Eyes on Isaac

2nd Place: Rockhampton Regional Council, Cape-a-Bull

3rd Place: Rockhampton Regional Council, Unbeefables


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