An immersive six-day course for senior-level leaders to fundamentally transform their leadership.

This immersive, six-day ethics program is tailored for senior-level leaders looking to hone their critical thinking skills and deeply interrogate their own ethical framework, building a solid moral scaffolding to guide their future leadership.

Delivered In Person

6 days

2 Moderators

1 Speaker

20 Peers

35-40 Hours Pre-Reading

Small Group Conversation

What you learn

Program Outcomes

  • Hone ethical reasoning and critical leadership skills
  • Strengthen moral scaffolding to help in making ethical judgements
  • Create clarity around decision making
  • Generate organisational and personal ethically sound action
  • Access Cranlana Alumni events, and a wide network of ethically driven leaders


This intensive ethics program is tailored for senior-level leaders looking to hone their critical thinking skills and deeply interrogate their own ethical framework, building a solid moral scaffolding to guide their future leadership.

Drawing on more than 2000 years of philosophy, spanning both ancient and contemporary critical thinkers, participants take part in rigorous discussions that examine the very essence of what it means to act ethically in their lives and work. By investigating the morality of the crucial judgements they face, they’ll equip themselves for better, more considered ethical decision-making – and will likely leave with their approach to leadership fundamentally transformed.

Colloquium courses are delivered across the year in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Scholarship places are available specifically for leaders from the not-for-profit, arts and culture, start-up and community sectors.

There are three versions of this flagship program, two of which are designed specifically for the Australian Public Service at all levels – state, federal and local. They are offered online and in person to allow emerging and senior government professionals from around the country to come together to explore ethical leadership practices within the public sector ecosystem.

Participants join our extensive network of Cranlana Alumni, gaining access to a range of exclusive events where they can deepen their connection with some of Australia’s most extraordinary leaders.

For more information contact Cranlana Centre at or on 03 9902 4220.

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How it works

Course Structure

Each six-day in-person Colloquium is capped at just 20 participants, allowing participants to rigorously explore issues in a close-knit environment.

Participants are given a reading pack ahead of the course, spanning over two millennia of philosophy from ancient to contemporary thinkers – material that is used to fuel discussion and debate during the program.

Aside from selected guest speakers introducing topics and discussion points, the main program consists of discussion sessions, where an open dialogue is encouraged, curated by two expert moderators who guide and challenge the participants.

Executive Colloquium

Suitable for

CEOs, chairs and senior executives of private and not-for-profit organisations. Leadership roles in any sector that have an impact on broader society.


  • $8,300 (inc GST)
  • Enquire for not-for-profit rates

Government levels

  • FEDERAL: Deputy Secretary, Secretary, SES 3
  • VIC: E01, Executive, Deputy Secretary
  • NSW: E03, Executive, Deputy Secretary
  • ACT: Deputy Secretary
  • SA: CEO, SEC, Deputy Secretary
  • TAS: SEC, Deputy Secretary

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Executive

Suitable for

Senior-level government executives and high-ranking public servants.


  • $8,300 (inc GST)

Government levels

  • VIC: EO 2/3
  • NSW: EO 1/2
  • ACT: SO Grade A/B
  • SA: SAES 1/2
  • QLD: SES 2/3
  • and the corresponding LGA levels

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Senior and Emerging

Suitable for

Mid-career public sector managers and high-performing, early career public sector employees.


  • $8,050 (inc GST) in person

Government levels

  • FEDERAL: EL1 – EL2 & APS6
  • VIC: Level 4/5 and 6/7
  • NSW: Level 8/9 and 10/11
  • And corresponding LGA levels

I felt I couldn’t make a difference at work and I felt despair. I can’t walk away from my work now. I need to stay and tell stories. There is power in the narrative.

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

This week has been re-affirming. It has echoed my beliefs. I have some tools now. It has been powerful. I want to have more courage to speak out about bad behaviours.

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

I will ask WHY? I will say NO. When we reach the finish line – move it forward.

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

The Cranlana Method

We don’t teach leadership skills. Instead, we help leaders apply the skills they already have more wisely – by building clarity of purpose and ethical courage. Drawing on a rich history of philosophical wisdom, they encourage fresh and considered approaches to challenges – offering insights that, for many participants, will fundamentally transform their concept of leadership. Our courses are dialogue-based and immersive, bringing small groups of high-level leaders together for discussions that are wide-ranging and expertly guided. They are rigorous, in-depth and practical, providing high-level learning experiences and understanding to strengthen your capabilities as an effective and ethical leader.

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