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Each year, the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership stages a number of high-level symposia for specific industries.

These two-day courses are for leaders responsible for shaping their sectors, and designed to help them address present and future challenges.

Work is one of the ways we participate and place ourselves within society. For many, it is the primary area of contribution and point of engagement. Our professional actions shape the world we inhabit. As such, work is an intrinsically moral domain. However, it’s often constructed to downplay this moral agency due to conflicting societal and organisational goals and aims. This creates tensions that only increase with seniority – but this seniority presents boundless possibilities. It is these that the symposia seek to articulate.

Each of the industry symposia is held over two days at Cranlana in Melbourne. The programs draw together 20 leaders of diverse experience and viewpoints to rigorously investigate the broader purpose of their sectors and their place in the good society.

Industry Symposia are for the leaders of a sector, responsible for shaping their industry, and designed to help them address present and future challenges.


Are business and fairness compatible?

Launched in 2015, the Business & Ethics Symposium provides a platform for executives from the highest levels of Australian business to explore the connections between ethics and effectiveness, and the challenges of leadership in a global economy. The Symposium is an opportunity for those responsible for shaping Australian society to discuss and debate these ideas among peers.

It is clear there is a corollary between ethics and outcomes. Good companies are good citizens and their actions are intertwined with the health and prosperity of the nation. Australian society relies on our corporate executives to lead the way. But what is the good? By whose moral framework is it measured? And, can the needs of the broader society align with responsibilities to stakeholders?

The Business & Ethics Symposium is an opportunity for executive leaders to reflect upon their role and the impact of their actions, while refining their own ethical understanding.


Business Symposium is suited to:

CEOs and Chairs from across the
corporate sector.


Cranlana Headquarters
62 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria

Upcoming Dates:


23 – 24 Apr 2020


The “I get it” moments

Darren Bickham, Acting Executive Director People and Culture,
NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation


Is justice possible?

Do we believe the rule of law to be good because it is just or is it just because we think it is good? To what degree is our understanding of justice determined by the laws under which we live? Are there certain universal requirements that any just law must full? Is it possible to have a just society without a base of guaranteed moral rights? If not, what are those guaranteed moral rights?

This highly regarded symposium is designed for senior leaders whose work intersects with the concepts of justice, be it legal responses, law enforcement or policy design. The program focuses on the key values and principles that guide Australia’s liberal democracy, its institutions and the impact of their actions on society.

The Justice & Ethics Symposium is a challenging take on the principles that underpin our notions of justice and its application in contemporary society.


The Justice & Ethics Symposium is suited to:

Judges, magistrates, senior lawyers,
law enforcement and policymakers from
across the legal and justice sectors.


Cranlana Headquarters
62 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria

Upcoming Dates:


14 – 15 Nov 2019


12 – 13 Nov 2020


Can health be equitable?

The Medicine & Ethics Symposium is a forum for senior health executives to critically engage with the meaning and consequences of moral engagement in contemporary medicine. The program provides a way for leaders in the field to critically examine the role medicine plays in Australian society and their own responsibilities within it.

Public demands made on the health system are often at odds with personal expectations of medical professionals. There is a contradiction in society’s expectations. How are these grey areas to be navigated? Against what principles are they to be measured? How do medical ethics relate to the ideas of the great moral thinkers? How can wisdom be achieved in the practice of medicine?

The Medicine & Ethics Symposium challenges ideas of ethical engagement within the medical world and its role within the good society.


The Medicine & Ethics Symposium is suited to:

CEOs, unit directors, university executives and academics,
specialists and policymakers from across the health sector.


Cranlana Headquarters
62 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria

Upcoming Dates:


11 – 12 Jun 2020

‘We all have a sense of what is just and right. is is even more the case when it comes to ageing, where our assumptions lead to actions that have such impact on older Australians. Cranlana offers the time to stop, think, listen and speak.’’

Nick Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency



How do we deliver dignity to the elderly in our care?

It is often said that the way a society treats its elderly is a reflection of its moral health. But there is no consensus in our society on how the final stages of life should play out. And while no universal definition of the good life exists for the aged, individuals have high expectations of the care they and their family members receive. Often questions of responsibility come hard up against economic and demographic realities, with the sector caught at the critical intersection. How should it best respond when the measures that guide and control the system do not take into account a fully flourishing life? Can the tension between society’s equivocations and the realities of commercial enterprise be navigated to deliver good moral outcomes?

The Ageing & Ethics Symposium provides leaders in the sector with an ethical lens through which to examine the contradictions inherent in delivering end-of-life care. The program seeks to address the question: can taking account of human flourishing lead to better decisions in the aged care industry? In doing so, it offers leaders a new and challenging approach to their ethical dilemmas, a moral framework to provide clarity in decision-making, and a broader way of thinking about their work caring for the aged.


The Ageing & Ethics Symposium is suited to:

Health care professionals, nursing home executives,
carers, advocates, medical specialists, researchers
and policymakers who work with the elderly and the aged.


Cranlana Headquarters
62 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria

Upcoming Dates:


21 – 22 Jul 2020


Do we educate our children to succeed rather than be good human beings?

An opportunity for a select, small group of senior education leaders to discuss and reflect on the moral and ethical frameworks underpinning the role of education in contemporary Australian society – using the ideas of some of the Western tradition’s greatest thinkers and the notion of the good society as starting points.

Can a secular society convey good society principles if we cannot articulate them ourselves? We live in a world ruled by ever-changing technology and a widening gap between young people who embrace the pace of change and older people struggling to keep up. How do older educators arm these young people with the tools to be resilient and principled in such a world? We often say that the world’s problems will be fixed by the next generation – are we doing enough now so they can make the world a better place?


The Education & Ethics Symposium is suited to:

Principals, senior teachers, academics, researchers,
advocates and policy makers.


Cranlana Headquarters
62 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria

Upcoming Dates:


25 – 26 Jun 2020


‘Cranlana was the most inspiring and stimulating time of my life. It left me with a renewed interest in the importance of
the discussion of ethics in our society and how that relates to our individual lives.’

Caecilia Potter, Design Director, Atticus & Milo


If you would like to obtain further information about the activities of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, please contact us on (03) 9827 2660 or send us an enquiry:

“…the unexamined life is not worth living.”

Plato (428-348 BCE)