The Australian Local Government Leadership Summit is the largest annual gathering of elected representatives, senior leaders, managers and coordinators in Australia today. The Summit and related development opportunities are focused exclusively on building a strong and unified Local Government sector through exceptional leadership and sector-wide collaboration.

As requested, the 2016 Summit will focus on developing the strategies, competencies and behaviours to help all leaders and managers excel in the local government environment of the future. As in previous years the Summit will also support improved collaboration between councils, elected representatives, business leaders and the broader community.

Drawing participants from all states and territories, the 2016 Summit agenda has been actively guided and shaped by the involvement of hundreds of senior leaders, managers and coordinators. Whilst the Summit is primarily structured for leadership performance enhancement, it is also an important opportunity for the Local government leaders to connect and establish purposeful friendships and alliances.​

The Australian Local Government Leadership Summit

Exploring Leadership Excellence and Best Practice in Local Government

Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May 2016

Novotel Melbourne, Collins Street

Conference Speakers

Who Should Attend?

Focused primarily on the development of leadership excellence, the summit is designed to be highly beneficial for and provide practical learning to professionals who have direct oversight of other staff and or organisational strategy. Summit content will address leadership excellence from an individual, team and organisational perspective and is therefore best suited to experienced managers with some responsibility for strategic/ departmental objectives. Elected representatives that are keen to develop their leadership capacity and be more closely aligned with the strategic leadership initiatives are also encouraged to attend. 

All-Council Access Subsidy

Guided by input from Local Government leaders Australia wide and in line with the intention of attracting the largest gathering of Australian local government leaders, it was determined that all Australian councils should have equitable access to the Summit. Accordingly, the Summit Organising Committee has authorised the reinstatement of the All-Council Access Subsidy.

Summit Overview

The 2016 Australian Local Government Leadership Summit will explore the concept of leadership excellence in an individual and organisational context. The Summit will examine the behaviours that underpin leadership excellence and the implications of those behaviours on departmental and organisational success in the local government setting.

Emphasis will be placed upon evidence based leadership strategy, and discussion will be built around real local government leadership situations with a strong focus on proactive collaboration with peers and other councils.
Keynote presentations from speakers will provide insights into proven and innovative approaches of leaders that are thriving in the local government arena. Additionally, local government leaders will discuss their own leadership development strategies that have enabled marked elevations in the performance and engagement of entire management teams.

World class leadership educators from the Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM) have been engaged to run dynamic sessions designed to unlock and hone adaptive leadership through self-direction, awareness and agile decision making.

In a clear mandate from the Summit Organising Committee, priority will be placed on strengthening inter-council networks. The Summit will provide ample opportunity for individuals to forge friendships and alliances with like-minded peers Australia wide.

Summit Networking Drinks

On the afternoon/evening of day 1 all Summit delegates are invited to participate in the Summit networking drinks. This critical networking opportunity is often a highlight of the event for many participants offering a more relaxed social setting to connect with peers from across the country, forge powerful alliances and tap into new ideas. On many occasions conversation away from the podium is where the real power of the event resides.

Robert Doyle

Robert Doyle

The Right Honourable 
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Kevin Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy

Legendary AFL Player and Premiership
winning Coach

Barry Irvin AM

Barry Irvin AM

Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese Chairman, Giant Steps (Sydney) Director, Gardiner Foundation Director, Capitol Chilled Foods Australia

Jane Crawley

Jane Crawley

Manager Arts Melbourne, 
City of Melbourne

Colin Jensen

Colin Jensen

Chief Executive Officer,
Brisbane City Council

Pam Parker

Pam Parker

Former Mayor, 
Logan City Council

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa Chan

Interim General Manager, 
Inner West Council

Cr Nora Lamont MPA

Cr Nora Lamont MPA

Councillor Mullum Ward, Maroondah City Council

Peter Tegart

Peter Tegart

General Manager, 
Queanbeyan City Council

Craig Swift-McNair

Craig Swift-McNair

General Manager, Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Cr Helen Coleman

Cheryl Vardon

Deputy Mayor & Councillor Wingrove Ward, Nillumbik Shire Council

Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett

General Manager, Tamworth Regional Council

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