National Leadership Forum

Values | Compassion | Connection

What is the National Leadership Forum?

A Four Day Residential Program Held in Canberra

The Forum brings together young leaders from across Australia and the Pacific to explore and expand their leadership through the lens of values, compassion, and connection.

Over 4 days, young leaders will spend time alongside Members of Parliament, leaders of business,  and other young leaders from various stages of life to consider who they are as leaders, how they can expand their leadership repertoire, and how they may use their authentic leadership to serve others.

The Forum program includes keynote addresses by political and business leaders, leadership workshops, small group sessions, panel discussions and more.

The Details


15th -18th September 2022

Nominations are now open, see the link below.


For People Aged 18-26

Delegates must have left school to attend. To attend, you must be nominated.


Canberra, ACT

The Hyatt Hotel and Australian Parliament House.


$1980 (inc GST)

Cost includes twin share accommodation, food, and conference expenses but does not include travel to or from the event.

To assist delegates in meeting the cost, a fundraising pack is available on request.

Limited scholarships and bursaries are available.

Hosted by Federal Parliamentarians

The National Leadership Forum is hosted by a multi-party group of Federal Parliamentarians who share a commitment to inspire and equip the next generation of Australian leaders.

Nominate a Young Leader to Attend

Nominations for the 2022 National Leadership Forum are now open. If you are an individual, organisation or tertiary education provider who identifies a young person aged 18-26 with a desire to lead and develop their leadership foundations, you can nominate them below now.

Nominate Here

What Does National Leadership Forum Look Like?

Take a look at some of the previous years

A Rich History of Young Leaders

Over 20 Years of Exploring Leadership

Since its inception in 1997, the Forum has brought together over 2,700 young emerging leaders from across Australia and the Pacific nations to explore the foundations of their leadership.

With a diversity of intellectual, cultural and religious backgrounds represented, the Forum is an opportunity for young leaders to discuss ideas, explore concepts of leadership, and build networks of young leaders from across Australia and the Pacific.

Over the last 20 years, the Forum has been a nexus of emerging leadership with a focus on values, compassion, and connection.

Our Parliamentary Hosts

Mr. Julian Leeser MP

Federal Member for Berowra | NSW

Mr. Luke Gosling OAM, MP

Federal Member for Soloman | NT

The Forum is co-hosted by our two Anchor Parliamentarians and a large group of bi-partisan, multi-party, Members of Parliament and Senators who will be announced following the 2022 Federal Election.

What Past Delegates Have Said

An experience like nothing I have ever done before. It was insightful and really reminded me to listen to people and their stories. There is a lot to learn from them.”
“Challenging, insightful, enriching. I’m going home having been challenged to think about my influence, my leadership and how to be a force for good.”
“I found that the small group discussions were really effective and valuable because it really helped everyone to look at other people’s perspectives and listen to their stories.”
“I have found those people to do life with ….. I want to become one of those people that comes back year after year!”
“Amazing!! Great to see things behind the scenes and be able to interact with politicians in a normal human to human way rather than seeing them through the lens of media portrayal.”
“We received great insight into the life of a member of parliament; it changed my view of them and found them to be true human beings rather than the cynical people we normally see in media.”

How to Nominate a Young Person to Attend

To attend The National Leadership Forum you need to be nominated. Our Nominators are a key part of the Forum story.
Each year this remarkable group of supporters help us identify and draw together young delegates 18-26 years old, with strong leadership potential and a desire to exercise that leadership on behalf of the community.

If you know a young person who is looking to build their leadership foundation and increase their connection to peers and community? Please take this opportunity to nominate them for this unique and transformative experience.

Nominate Here

What is the Nomination Process?

Step 1

A young person is identified and nominated to attend NLF by an individual, organisation or tertiary education institution.

Step 2

This young person receives an email advising them they have been nominated and asking them to confirm their interest to attend NLF and complete their personal profile.

Step 3

The National Leadership Forum team will review the application and confirm their acceptance within 5 working days of the application's completion.

Step 4

The delegate will receive a detailed email including what to expect at the National Leadership Forum, as well as the next steps for their attendance.