In an age of increasing strategic uncertainty and geopolitical risk, 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 was scheduled to be held in Sydney in July 2020.  

However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Future 21 in 2020 will be unable to proceed. 


YAIA looks forward to rescheduling the conference to take place in Sydney in early 2021, once it becomes safe to do so.

Further details, including how to register, will be released in due course– so stay tuned for what will be our best conference yet!

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