The Future Leaders Series is our flagship program designed to engage Australia's future leaders in the critical issues affecting Australia, the Indo-Pacific region and the international system and equip them with the knowledge, skills and networks to respond to these challenges and shape future policy decisions.  

The 2020 Future Leaders Series was run online and focused on the Australia-US bilateral relationship. Across five weeks, 25 participants participated in four modules, a policy workshop and policy pitch competition. 

Our weekly seminars and workshops for 2020 included:

  • Australia-US: Shared democratic principles & values
    (29 October, 7pm AEDST)

  • Australia-US: Economic foundations and policy workshop (5 November, 7pm AEDST)

  • Australia-US: Changing threats to global security
    (12 November, 7pm AEDST)

  • Australia-US: Cooperation for a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific
    (19 November, 7pm AEDST)

  • The final session on 26 November is dedicated to a policy pitch competition


Each session was facilitated by a leading expert in the field, providing participants with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with and learn from today's leaders. The final week of the series saw the participants put forward their bold and innovative ideas to address a challenge or opportunity in the bilateral relationship, through a policy pitch competition.

The series was a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts in the US-Australia bilateral relationship, develop skills in pitching novel policy ideas, and provided the chance to share in $7,000 prize money.

Applications for this year's program are now closed. 

The 2019 Future Leaders Series was run in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne and focused on how Australia can better leverage its position in multilateral fora, such as ASEAN and APEC, to achieve key foreign policy objectives.  

In previous years, the series has focused on: 

  • 2018: The rise of populism 

  • 2017: Cyber security 

  • 2016: Climate change 


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