Our leaders must aspire to more than just excellence.

That’s the thinking that created the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening wise and courageous leadership.

We draw on more than two millennia of philosophical thinking to foster in-depth, practical discussions that sharpen critical reasoning and strengthen moral courage. Since our formation more than 25 years ago, we’ve seen thousands of senior-level people across business, community and government benefit from our rigorous programs.

Leadership requires courage. By understanding the fundamental philosophies that underpin our society, today’s leaders can learn to critically examine the ethical impact of their actions – so they can help build a better society together.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is Monash University, The Myer Foundation and Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation working in partnership.

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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.

Cranlana Centre's programs are a deep dive into the practice of ethical decision-making. 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. By relating philosophical concepts directly to experiences and challenges you’ve encountered, participants examine and strengthen their personal ethical frameworks, giving themselves a solid footing for steering future decision-making.

Our experienced moderators draw on a deep understanding of philosophical theory, and their own distinguished careers across the private and public sectors, to facilitate discussions that are revelatory and challenging.

The programs are rigorous, in-depth and practical, providing high-level learning experiences and understanding to strengthen your capabilities as an effective and ethical leader.

Discover the right program for you


We offer a variety of leadership programs, covering different topics, sectors and levels of immersion.


Find the right ethics program to suit you

The Colloquium

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

Executive Ethics

Created for senior leaders, this two-day program is an interactive masterclass in practical ethical leadership.

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

A year-long fellowship for senior executives looking to put ethical change into action within their organisations.

Short and Custom Programs

Two-day seminars on specific industries, and custom programs designed for organisations looking to strengthen their ethical focus.

What Would You Do?

According to The Ethics Index 2021 – a survey of 1,000 people’s attitudes to ethical conduct across society – our perception of Australia as an ethical society has decreased compared to that of 2020. This drop in perception of ethical behaviour has been recorded across most industries, occupations and sectors, and is likely due to increased debate around the pandemic.
Via the ABC, 13 November 2021

Via Governance Institute of Australia, 17 November 2021

The Ethics Of Conflict Of Interest

Dr Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, spoke with Geraldine Doogue for Saturday Extra on the ABC about conflicts of interest.

Via the ABC, 13 November 2021

2021 Chief Executive Women Scholarship winner announced

Congratulations Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force , recipient of a Chief Executive Women (CEW) Public Sector scholarship. We look forward to welcoming Fiona to the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

November 2021

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Over more than two decades, thousands of senior-level Australian leaders have taken part in our ethical leadership programs, sharpening their critical thinking and honing their ethical decision-making skills.

28 Nov – 03 Dec 2021

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Executive

05 – 10 Dec 2021

Executive Colloquium

19 Feb 2022

Saturday Session, 19 February 2022

27 Feb – 04 Mar 2022

Executive Colloquium

09 – 10 Mar 2022

Executive Ethics (March 2022)

27 Mar – 01 Apr 2022

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Executive

04 – 05 May 2022

Executive Ethics (May 2022)

09 – 13 May 2022

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Senior/Emerging

02 – 07 Jun 2022

Executive Ethics (June 2022)

17 – 22 Jul 2022

Executive Colloquium


Cranlana Centre brings more than a half-century of combined leadership experience to bear in cultivating an ethical focus among Australia’s leaders.


If you would like to obtain further information about the activities of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, feel free to contact us or fill out an enquiry form.

Acknowledgement of Country

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners and First People of this land. As we work to develop the ethical capacity of leaders we celebrate the history, leadership and wisdom of the world’s oldest living culture and pay respect to its elders – past, present and future.