Never before have we been faced with such a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world.


Navigating changing regional and global power structures, geopolitical tensions and flashpoints, the rise of technology and non-traditional security threats all present critical challenges for Australian and international leaders and policymakers.

The Future Leaders Series is our flagship program designed to engage Australia's future leaders in the critical issues affecting Australia, the Indo Asia-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 Future Leaders Series comprises a series of modules, each focusing on a particular issue or challenge, which will run for between 4 and 6 weeks. During a weekly workshop or seminar, participants will have the opportunity to explore the different aspects and dimensions of the issue, and the challenges and considerations facing Australian policy makers.

Each session will be 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 module will see participants apply their knowledge and ideas to drive a roundtable discussion with their peers and produce a policy brief for publication outlining their recommendations and suggestions to policymakers.

For more information about previous Future Leaders Series, keep scrolling.


Young Australians in International Affairs is delighted to announce that the Future Leader Series is back for 2019 and will be running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra!

Future Leaders series will run over four consecutive weeks commencing 18 March between 6pm and 8pm.

In an increasingly fraught and interconnected global environment, multilateral diplomatic institutions are arguably more important than ever before. Australia has a strong track record of engagement with the UN and OECD, and increasingly with key institutions closer to home, such as ASEAN and APAC. Join us to learn how Australia can leverage its position in such forums to solidify its place as a strong middle power. Each participating state and territory will do a deep dive into a particular forum. 

Participants will be selected by a competitive application and will work in group, culminating in a 3 minute policy pitch presented on the final evening of the series. Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges. The final submission of such a pitch will be a key deliverable of the Future Leader Series.

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion upon successful attendance at all sessions of the Future Leader Series.


Cost: $50 ($45 for students). This fee covers attendance at all sessions, including refreshments at each session.

Interested? Applications open 9 February and close 25 February! Please email your CV and a 200 word statement outlining why you would like to participate in the 2019 Future Leader Series to:

Sydney: Sydney@youngausint.org.au
Melbourne: Melbourne@youngausint.org.au
Perth: Perth@youngausint.org.au

Canberra: Canberra@youngausint.org.au

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Our second Future Leaders Series module focused on Cyber Security and ran in Sydney across February and March 2017.


Never before have we been faced with such a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world.

The 2017 Cyber Security Future Leaders Series was a series of interactive workshops that highlight the issues and challenges associated with cyber security in both the public and private sectors at the domestic and international levels. The Future Leaders Series brought together emerging leaders in international policy, to participate in sessions led by experienced leaders in cyber security. 


Sessions focussed on giving participants a stronger understanding of the cyber domain, its emergence as an operational theatre in international security, what Australia is doing to enhance cyber security, and how cyber threats can severely impact all sectors of the international community. 


Participants worked in groups during and following the conclusion of the sessions to prepare policy briefs on a topic relating to cyber security. 


The 2017 Series was run in the Sydney CBD.


Click here to download a copy of the Cyber Security Future Leaders Series Program. 

Please find some pictures from our Cyber Security module in Sydney. Head to Facebook to check out more images from the Series.



Please find some pictures from our Climate Change module across Australia. Head to Facebook to check out more images from the Series.

Our first Future Leaders Series module focused on Climate Change and its implications for Australian national and regional security and ran across May and June 2015.


"Climate change is

the defining issue

of our time"

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing our world and will have huge implications in years to come on not only the weather and our environment, but also on international peace and security.

Participants in the Climate Change Future Leaders Series had the unparalleled opportunity to engage with leading experts and explore the different aspects of climate change, international responses and action on climate change, what climate change will mean for Australia's national security and its implications for our regional security environment. In the final week, participants came together to drive a roundtable discussion with their peers and worked together to produce a policy brief for publication on our website, which outlined participants key reccommendations and suggestions to policy makers in addressing the security threats of climate change.


The Series was run across Australia with sessions held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, bringing together over 100 young leaders across Australia. 

-Ban Ki Moon,

UN Secretary General

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