What we do

The CLF provides opportunities and training to help develop Australia’s future leaders. In addition to the programs detailed below we also support individuals and third party organisations to deliver outcomes designed to promote conservative thought throughout the Australian community.

Our facilities, including CLF house, the media studio and function rooms in Adelaide are available to conservative minded community groups by arrangement.

We also help to ensure conservatives have access to some of the most effective training and mentoring opportunities in Australia and internationally.

Our current initiatives include:


Read to Lead:

For young people with leadership aspirations, reading and learning from fellow conservative thinkers is an invaluable experience. The Read to Lead program identifies, acquires and reviews new titles that can assist young conservative leaders.

The Read to Lead program aims to expand the knowledge and understanding of conservative history, politics, ideas and values among CLF alumni.

We draw on a database of thousands of books on a wide range of topics to ensure the content is both engaging and stimulating. We seek to add multiple copies of every Read to Lead volume to our CLF reference library for the use of our students.

Donations to the Read to Lead program enable the purchase of these titles and, should it be requested, each book can record the name of the donor as a perpetual gift to our library for the benefit of future CLF students.



The CLF offers internships and placement opportunities to students who demonstrate academic rigour and a passion for conservative issues and values. Subject to vacancies and organisational capacity, internships are offered throughout the year at our offices in Adelaide. We also offer a limited number of remote programs where self-motivated individuals can contribute to the conservative cause in a structured manner.


Events and Functions:

The CLF sponsors, hosts and coordinates a range of events to promote conservative thought and leadership Australia wide. We help to provide high quality keynote speakers from business, politics and the media. Our events range from boardroom breakfasts for small groups through to cocktail functions and formal dinners attended by hundreds of guests.

These events are a key part of building a national network where conservatives can meet with other like minded individuals. From student activists through to internationally known conservative men and women, CLF events bring conservatives together.


International Associations and Exchanges:

The CLF offers future leaders the opportunity to participate in a variety of international activities, exchanges and internships. The new skills and unique experiences that young Australian conservatives can gain from such training is invaluable in their development as leaders and as global conservative thinkers.

Our established links with like-minded organisations, think-tanks, conference organisers and conservative leaders across the globe provides an unparalleled experience for Australian conservatives. We also provide reciprocal exchange opportunities for students and interns of our international associates.