The Colloquia

The central activity of the Cranlana Programme is the Colloquium, an intensive six-day course designed for senior executives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. It offers a rare opportunity for participants to reflect upon the good society and issues critical to the theory and practice of effective leadership.


The Colloquium aims to enhance leadership capabilities and provide frameworks for complex decision-making. It does this by tackling the vital question that has captured thinkers and philosophers for millennia: how should we live together?

Participants engage with ideas raised by the critical philosophical and economic texts that have influenced society from Classical to contemporary times. Guided by skilled moderators, the powerful concepts contained within these writings are teased out and debated in an evolving round-table discussion. It is a process of creative exploration, purposefully designed to stimulate new and adaptive thinking among attendees.


The objectives of the Colloquium are to:

  • Comprehensively reflect on the role of leadership and ethics in a confidential and respectful environment
  • Consider the values and principles underpinning Australia’s liberal democracy and the practical application of these in a public policy context
  • Examine the tensions and trade-offs between notions of community, prosperity, liberty, equality and sustainability in decision-making, and
  • Enhance the capability of leaders to exercise informed, ethical and effective judgement.


The Colloquium is a significant undertaking. The programme packs a substantial amount into its six-day duration. In preparation, participants are given the collection of edited texts for reading ahead of the course. These are delivered four weeks prior to commencement of the Colloquium and take approximately 30 hours to complete.


Participating in the Colloquium is a personal and professional investment. Alumni regularly report a heightened clarity around their own beliefs and a strengthened sense of purpose and resilience. This flows on professionally through enhanced strategic thinking, a more critical and informed approach to decision-making, improved relationships with stakeholders, staff and boards, and a better understanding of their organisation and industry’s role in the good society.


There are a number of iterations of the Colloquium offered throughout the year and around the country. Alongside the Executive Colloquia held in Melbourne and Perth, which draw together leaders from a cross section of industries, the Cranlana Programme provides tailored colloquia to executives within the public service in Canberra and Melbourne. We also deliver private colloquia to organisations and departments upon request.

The Executive Colloquium

The Executive Colloquium is held at the former Myer family home Cranlana in Toorak, Melbourne and Mt Eliza House in King's Park, Perth. It is the Cranlana Programme’s most established course, designed for people of influence operating in environments of competing priorities, time pressures and under intense scrutiny. Participants come from a variety of sections of society and bring their diverse experiences and informed perspectives to the conversations.

$8360 (incl. GST)

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Public Sector Colloquia

These tailored programmes are designed for public sector executives involved in navigating complex, multifaceted challenges with varied and competing stakeholders. They offer participants an opportunity to engage with peers in further developing their capacities for good governance and the ethical decision-making critical to Australia’s future.

Australian Public Sector Colloquium

Held twice yearly in Canberra, the Australian Public Sector Colloquium is open to senior public servants from all federal, state and local government departments and agencies.

Future Public Sector Leaders Colloquium

The Future Public Sector Leaders Colloquium is held at Gardens House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens four times a year. It is open to mid-career public servants from all federal, state and local government departments and agencies.