International Manager Exchange

LGMA Queensland, in cooperation with the Society of Local Government Managers New Zealand, the League of Californian Cities (United States) and the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (Canada), offers the opportunity for local government managers to travel to the US, Canada or New Zealand to study local government practice.  Successful nominees will attend the annual conference in that location and will be hosted by a manager from that jurisdiction.  Queensland participants will then host the manager in return when they come to Australia to attend the Queensland state conference.

The 2018/2019 International Manager Exchange nominations are open now.
You will find the Information and Application Kit here.

For further information please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Local Government Managers Australia, Queensland
Level 7, Quay Central, 95 North Quay, Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: 07 3174 5003 or email:

Nick Clarke and Martin Drydale are experienced the International Manager Exchange in 2015 and early 2016. They hosted Susan Jones (NZ) and Kurt Wilson (USA) for the LGMA Queensland 2015 Annual Conference, and Martin then visited NZ and Nick Clarke went to USA. 


         Martin Drydale                         Kurt Wilson & Nick Clarke                                          Susan Jones

Nick Clarke's Report

"If you have heard of this exchange programme before, or not, it remains a best kept secret.  Why? I just don’t know.  It is not really an exchange in that I didn’t have to do someone else’s job while I was away.  It is an exchange of ideas and knowledge though.  It’s also far more than that.  It’s a great opportunity to learn and develop as a leader in local government; to represent Australian local government overseas (in a low-key way); and to enjoy the social aspects of conversations with some really great people who strive day in, day out, to achieve the same that we do.  Don’t let this remain a secret ...  Have a go – I did – and it was one of the best experiences of my career." - Nick Clarke

Martin Drydale's Report

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