The Australia-Korea Local Government Exchange is building international bridges between Australian and Korean local government professionals and their councils.
The Australia-Korea Local Government Exchange is an initiative supported by the Australian Government’s Australia-Korea Foundation, run through a partnership between Local Government Professionals Australia and the Governors Association of Korea’s Korea Local Government Centre Oceania. The project aims to build closer professional and cultural connections between Australian and Korean local government professionals and their organisations.
The Exchange has built upon a growing relationship between professional associations in each country, where select professionals have represented their associations, countries, and councils on the world stage. Korean local government professionals came to Australia in 2019 to participate in Local Government Professionals Australia’s Australasian Management Challenge and partnered with Australian participants at the National Congress & Business Expo to create closer connections through a cultural exchange, with relationships fostered remotely after the conference.
The project offered professional exchanges for two Australians to travel to Korea for one week, spending two days at their Korean counterpart’s local government to learn from their contrasting ways of working and responsibilities. While the pair were set to attend and present at the Governors Association of Korea’s conference in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted this engagement. Exchange participants Jessie Hurrell of South Australia’s City of Onkaparinga and Alistair Dunlop of Victoria’s City of Glen Eira instead fostered relationships virtually with their Korean local government counterparts and, along with staff from Local Government Professionals Australia, presented remotely at the conference to share information about Australian local government. You can view Australia’s Exchange participants’ presentations below.