About the forum

The Crawford Australian Leadership Forum brings together 150 of Australia’s top leaders - 50 each from business, the public sector and politics, and the research and advocacy community - to address the major public policy issues confronting Australian policymakers, and the responses we need to have.

The focuses on the geopolitical and economic issues of most immediate contemporary significance - both internationally and domestically. Discussions are designed to be practically focused, and directly relevant to the interests of business and public sector practitioners.
Each session is introduced by international and Australian speakers who are world-class leaders in their fields. Ample time is allowed for fully interactive discussion.

The limited number of participants and the thoughtful design enables every participant to engage fully in the debate to the extent that she or he wishes.

Welcome messages

The central challenge for democratic governments everywhere is to make good policy good politics. Australia is not alone in facing ever more intense geopolitical, economic and social policy challenges, but finding ever more difficulty in building the political and community consensus necessary to confront them effectively.

The Crawford Australian Leadership Forum brings together, on an invitation only basis, 150 distinguished business, public sector and research and advocacy community leaders, Australian and international, to debate for two days both the global realities and the domestic choices needed to address them. There is no more appropriate venue to wrestle with these issues, and to begin building the consensus necessary to resolve them, than this great national university of ours, and I offer all our visitors the warmest of welcomes.

Gareth Evans AC, QC
Chair, Crawford Australian Leadership Forum
Chancellor, The Australian National University

The Australian National University aspires to the highest standards of excellence – to be recognised not only as our only national university but our finest – in three distinct dimensions: not only in research, and in teaching and learning but in our contribution to national and international public policymaking.

The focal point within the ANU for this outreach is the Crawford School of Public Policy, recognised as Australia’s leading school of its kind, a unique and world-class storehouse of expertise and experience in economics, political science, environmental management and development, and on the key Asia-Pacific countries. I am proud to welcome you both to the School, and to our university.

Brian P Schmidt AC
Vice-Chancellor, The Australian National University

From its inception, a central mission of The Australian National University has been to inform and deepen the debate about how Australia should frame and shape its responses to the public policy challenges we face. Those challenges are becoming more complicated, more inter-related and more internationalised.

Our objective is to make this Forum the most significant annual event in Australia for reflecting upon, and debating, the global realities and domestic choices that will shape our country’s future.

Allan Gyngell AO
Director, Crawford Australian Leadership Forum

Updated:  25 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team