The 2020 Australian Leadership Retreat marks the 25th anniversary of Australia’s preeminent leadership gathering, which has played a prominent and influential role from both a commercial and public policy perspective over the last quarter of a century.

22-24 May 2020 – Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia

An invitation-only event with strong international participation, the Retreat has a rich history of profound and transformative impacts on businesses and governments – providing participants with exceptional insights into a changing world. Participants inform and influence business and national outcomes through open, robust, and
confidential discussion with a deliberate focus on the long term.

Each year, the Retreat brings together around two hundred Australian and international leaders, and has included Prime Ministers, Heads of State, senior Cabinet Ministers, Premiers, senior members of the Opposition, CEOs, entrepreneurs, chairs of major companies, Vice-Chancellors, Nobel Laureates and an amazing faculty of experts
on matters central to business and the future of Australia and the world.

The theme of the 2020 ALR is

“Shaping the future in a time of crises”

This theme recognises that in areas such as economics, geopolitics and the environment, major crises seem inevitable. This makes it more important than ever for leaders from business, government and civil society to come together in developing strategies which go beyond crisis management, in order to build a positive and resilient future.

Eminent speakers from around the globe provide deep insights on key issues in an interactive format which encourages new perspectives and the challenging of orthodoxies. Investors, corporate and government leaders as well as market-shaping entrepreneurs will come away with a better understanding of opportunities, as well as
the challenges.

Please join us for a program that unfolds with great purpose, focusing on creating, rather than discussing, change. As always, spouses and partners are most welcome.


A strong program is currently being developed for the Australian Leadership Retreat, building on the high calibre of participants from Australia and around the world.
Sessions will be delivered in a variety of formats including key note addresses, debates and panels, workshops and working lunches. There will be a strong emphasis on discussion and interaction as well as allowing opportunities for informal networking in the beautiful surrounds of Southern Queensland.

Themes include:

  • Surviving another global economic crisis
  • Preventing the next war
  • Engaging with First Nations
  • Impact investing & sustainable economic growth
  • Environment: solutions beyond slogans
  • Operating at the technological frontier
  • Open markets, trusted institutions
  • Increasing Australia’s productivity

Industry sessions

Industry sessions deliver a deeper understanding of the factors influencing key sectors, supported by economic updates, analyses and predictions from industry leaders.

Country briefings

In depth insights from business leaders, government officials and
academics illuminating current and future trajectories of countries
critical to our future.

Investor circle

Meetings of investors sharing insights into asset classes, structures, regulatory developments and economic trends impacting on markets in a frank peer-to-peer discussion.


Informal sessions where keynote speakers provide “behind the scenes” insights in a convivial, interactive environment.

Current speakers include

Register Interest

The next Australian Leadership Retreat is scheduled for 22-24 May 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.