Welcome to the Conservative Leadership Foundation

A message from Cory Bernardi – Chairman and founder of the CLF

Thank you for your interest in the Conservative Leadership Foundation (CLF) – a leadership development and training organisation for young conservatives.

Our mission is to inspire, develop and support Australia’s future leaders who identify with our guiding principles of limited government, personal responsibility, free enterprise and traditional values. Our training and leadership programs aim to increase the number of leaders supporting these principles and help them to be more effective in engaging with the public policy process.

We assist men and women who are prepared to be a public voice for the traditionalist conservative perspective to take leadership roles in business, the media, academia, political and community organisations. We believe that having more leaders committed to these enduring values will build a stronger Australia.

The CLF has established links with several overseas training organisations that share similar goals. This allows us to provide opportunities for young conservatives to attend international training schools, leadership courses and conferences. The new skills and unique experiences that students can bring back from such opportunities are invaluable in their development as leaders and global conservative thinkers.

To stay up to date with the activities of the CLF and the opportunities available please ‘like’ our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter.

Whether you become a supporter, a student or a CLF volunteer, it would be great to have you with us.


Our Values

     A state that seeks to provide all things for its people will drain initiative from its citizens and undermine the legitimate authority of other social institutions.

     The rightful functions of government are to guarantee individual freedom, property rights, internal order, a strong national defence, and the administration of justice.

     The CLF supports the division of responsibilities between state and federal governments as proscribed in Australia’s constitution as the best means of preventing the concentration of power.

     Personal responsibility is central to the idea of a free society.

     We believe that each individual is morally responsible for, and should bear responsibility for their actions.

     The CLF recognises that the most effective form of government is self-government which requires the development in each person of the virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, and charity.

     The allocation of resources through voluntary agreement between individuals and businesses is the most productive and efficient supplier of human needs and is the economic system most compatible with a free society.

     In recognising that living generations are stewards of the riches, both natural and cultural, material and spiritual, the CLF acknowledges that the logic of market relations does not exhaust the common good.

     The values, customs, conventions, and norms of the Judeo-Christian tradition are the foundation for western culture and provide the appropriate framework to inform and guide a free society. Without adherence to these enduring structures and an associated rejection of moral relativism, society induces its decay.

     Central to this is recognition of the importance of the natural family as the best possible institution for the nurturing and development of future generations and its role as the foundation of society.

 How we can help you

It can be tough being a conservative.

Left-wing ideology seems to dominate the media, our university campuses and the public square. It can seem very lonely being a voice of reason and common sense when it seems like everyone else has swallowed the left rhetoric without a second thought.

But you are not alone. You are one of the millions of Australians who support critical thinking, common sense and the wisdom gained from centuries of lived experience.

The Conservative Leadership Foundation (CLF) brings conservatives together – to inspire, to support, to laugh and to lead.

The CLF team of volunteers work tirelessly to develop future leaders and help them get established in business, the media, the community and in politics.

Whether it be improving your debating skills, expanding your knowledge of conservative values, taking your multimedia skills to the next level, participating in international delegations, getting involved with your local campus community, or simply meeting like-minded individuals, the CLF has a comprehensive range of activities designed to help you achieve your goals.

Our conservative network is committed to supporting young people dedicated to championing conservative values.

You will hone your existing skills, discover new talents, develop as a leader, experience unforgettable events and meet a great bunch of new people.

Get involved with any number of our programs below:

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News & updates


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The CLF offers a range of programs and opportunities for the next generation of Australian conservatives










The Conservative Leadership Foundation relies on financial gifts from supporters to ensure that it can continue to provide the best possible training and support for its students.

By making a financial contribution to the CLF, you will be investing in the development of Australia’s future business, political and community leaders.

Every dollar raised helps contribute to a stronger Australia.


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