In an increasingly complex international environment, our national conference Future 21 brings together the next generation of Australian leaders with Australia's leading policy thinkers and practitioners to think critically about the foreign policy, defence and strategic challenges and opportunities facing Australia and to consider how we will navigate our future in the 21st century. 

Future 21 is no ordinary conference - over two days, 150 young leaders from across Australia come together with a range of experts across government, academia, think-tanks and industry to explore these themes; pitch their policy ideas on how Australia can uphold and promote its interests in an increasingly complex world; and engage in a range of professional and leadership development workshops. 

After successful conferences in Canberra in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Future 21 in 2020 and 2021 were postponed due to COVID-19.


We are delighted to announce Future 21 will run again in 2022, in September. Further details, including dates, a draft program and how to register, will be released shortly– so stay tuned for what will be our best conference yet!

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