Future Leaders 

The Future Strategic Leaders' Program develops the professional skills of the next generation of Australia’s national security leaders.

We provide a challenging environment for Australia’s brightest and best young minds to develop their skills and build a network with the current and next generations of national security professionals in government and industry.

Innovative events such as intensive, retreat-style Congresses, seminars, networking functions, and our new ideas forum, Next, plus writing competitions, all give future strategic leaders the opportunity to share insights and engage with Australia’s senior national security officials and leaders .

FSL Congress

Go deep behind the scenes of the strategic affairs that affect our region with the national leaders who are currently navigating them.

The Future Strategic Leaders' Congress is your opportunity to engage directly with senior national security leaders, industry heads, and leading thinkers around a central, strategic theme.This is one of the few opportunities to hear current leaders discussing critical strategic issues in an off-the-record fashion and represents a professional development experience like no other.

More information on the Future Strategic Leaders Congress is available here.


Next is your opportunity to shake and shape Australia's National Security thinking.

Next is an event for Future Strategic Leaders to produce and
present a six-minute burst of fresh ideas, insights and thoughts to a high-powered audience of Defence and national security leaders, including current and former service chiefs, departmental and agency leaders, leading academics, and think-tank executives. It’s the kind of audience that normally has the podium. This time, it’s you – and they’re listening to what you have to say.

Keep an eye out on our events page for our annual call for speakers. It’s your opportunity to influence the future.

Social Networking Events

Meet like-minded professionals in the national security community, learn more about the Institute For Regional Security, and stay up-to-date with new opportunities and events relevant to you. 

Networking events are generally organised quarterly.  Keep an eye on events for details on the next event.

The National Security Careers Night
is proudly sponsored by the Noetic Group