The Parliamentary Leaders Program is Australia’s first and only leadership program developed exclusively for Parliamentarians.

Delivered in partnership with Corporate Evolution, a world leader in values-based culture and leadership consulting, this innovative and challenging program draws on international best practice from the Harvard Kennedy School in the USA, the Institute for Government in the UK and corporate leadership programs. The Program was designed with input from Parliamentarians and is based on the latest leadership research and values-based methodology, accompanied with 30 years of industry experience from facilitators.

The program is open to Parliamentarians from all parties. To create an open learning environment, the program is held under Chatham House Rule and participants may be split into party groups for some sessions whilst some work takes place one-on-one. Facilitators create a safe and trusting environment for a transformational experience. By uncovering and deeply understanding values, we will help Parliamentarians to understand their power, not only as individuals in the system, but as individuals who can affect the system.

Why participate?


As leaders today, politicians face a more complex, pressured and difficult job than ever before. Our sessions provide a stimulating and intellectually challenging experience for Parliamentarians using preparatory interviews, guest speakers, non-partisan reflection and networking, one-on-one and group work with colleagues and facilitators, deep dive sessions with special guests and reflection to foster insight.



... a unique approach to leadership in complex situations and takes a different approach to “traditional” leadership programs. I have gained immensely and look forward to making a much more effective contribution to Australia in the future.
— Colin de Grussa, Nationals, WA
I wish a course like this had been available when I was elected to parliament. I am more powerful and effective representative because of it.
— Julie Owens, ALP, Federal
There are very few leadership programs directly targeted for MPs. I found this extremely beneficial in enhancing my awareness and guiding me to confidence to be the leader I know I can be and have a positive impact on my State.
— Ruth Forrest, Independent, TAS

Watch Jonathon O’Dea, Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly and Parliamentary Leaders Program alumnus, talk about the benefits of his experience and the program’s potential to drive change for the better in our political system and rebuild broken trust with constituents.

A valuable opportunity that all MPs should seriously consider both for personal leadership development and to prompt thoughts on how our political systems might be improved.
— Jonathan O’Dea, Liberals, NSW

Honorary Patrons

Honorary Patrons participate
in a personal capacity.

Serving the community as a parliamentarian at any level is an immense privilege – and an even greater responsibility. The Australian Labor Party proudly endorses the Parliamentary Leaders Program as a first-class initiative for nurturing the leadership skills of Australia’s political representatives and I encourage parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to take up this unique and proven professional development opportunity.
— President of the Australian Labor Party, The Hon Wayne Swan MP
Having seen the beneficial outcomes of this program in its first four years, the Liberal Party is eager to see it continue to grow and serve our parliamentary leaders. There is clearly significant benefit to participants.
— President of the Liberal Party of Australia, The Hon Nick Greiner AC

Upcoming courses

State Program
Open to all sitting State and Territory Parliamentarians.

6-8 November, 2019
UNSW, Sydney, NSW

Federal Program
Open to all sitting Federal Parliamentarians.

30 October - 1 November, 2019
ANU, Canberra, ACT

How to register


The course is limited to 20 participants. The total cost of the program is $5,000 and covers the Welcome Dinner on the first night, two full days of the course including catering and an informal dinner on night two, and membership of the Fellows’ Alumni Program.


The Patrons’ Fellowship

Available to all Parliamentarians who wish to take part in the course.

An opportunity exists for Parliamentarians to receive a Patrons’ Fellowship which covers a generous $4000 of the cost of the program.

In addition to the Patrons’ Fellowship granted by the Australian Futures Project, some parliaments offer members an annual Skills Development Allowance which can be used towards the cost of program registration. This will need to be explored by each MP internally.

For more information, or to register and apply for a Patrons’ Fellowship, please contact Chloë Spackman, Director of Programs at or +61 421 514 366