Propeller Programme

The LGMA Queensland Propeller Programme is a dynamic professional development programme which gives participants a broad understanding of local government in Queensland – its nuances, challenges and opportunities.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Propeller Programme!


Using a blend of expert input and experiential learning, the programme is able to maximise outcomes and provide extensive interaction between participants.

Key elements of the programme include:
  • Exposing participants to a broad range of local government experiences and insights at a shire, city, regional and aboriginal council perspective;
  • In small teams, participants self-manage each session, necessitating the use of good communication skills, high level negotiation and influencing skills as well as project management and interpersonal skills; and
  • Local government case studies and other learning materials that can be readily applied to daily leadership and management practices in a work environment are explored and evaluated.
The objectives of the programme are to:
  • Develop people who will lead local government in Queensland into the future;
  • Develop people who will lead at all levels and across all professions in their councils;
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to network with others, who are passionate about developing their local government careers and who are from different areas of council – providing stronger links and understanding between professions;
  • Increase appreciation of the wider issues in local government in Queensland;
  • Utilise practical experiences and learnings from within the government sector to further develop professional leadership capacity;
  • Provide training for emerging leaders that is not solely ‘management’ focused and exposes participants to a wide variety of council situations; and
  • Retain passionate, skilled and competent employees in the local government sector.
The programme commences with a two day introductory forum focusing on self-awareness and self-development.  The introductory forum is followed by eight self-managed sessions.  Each of these sessions examines different aspects of leadership within the local government context.  These one day sessions are hosted by metropolitan and rural councils throughout Queensland.

Each of the following eight sessions are planned, developed and implemented by the participants themselves.  This process is designed to enhance outcomes for the programme participants.
  • Mentoring and Coaching;
  • Local Government: the political context;
  • Leading and communicating;
  • Exposure to local government: rural perspective;
  • Community engagement;
  • Exposure to local government: metropolitan perspective;
  • Maintaining a leading and learning perspective;
  • Programme wrap up and graduation.

Nominations for the 2018 Propeller Programme are now OPEN. You will find the 2018 brochure and registration form here.

The Introductory Forum:

Dates: Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2018

Venue: Shangri La Gardens, 1969 Wynnum Road, Wynnum West

The Workshop draft dates are:

  • Thursday 22 March
  • Tuesday 22 May
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • Wednesday 27 June
  • Thursday 28 June
  • Wednesday 29 August
  • Wednesday 10 October
  • Thursday 11 October

Nominations Close Friday, 1 December 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Hamilton

Programme Facilitator
Phone:    (07) 3174 5007


The 2017 Propeller Programme is supported by: 


You will find the Propeller Programme Memoir here.
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