About us

The Menzies Foundation supports leaders who have the capacity to make catalytic change to improve Australia's future.

Established in 1979 to perpetuate the legacy of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, we have a 40-year track record in backing outstanding leaders who are willing to tackle intransigent problems – from mental health, cancer and autism, to global human rights issues and the depletion of natural resources.

As a non-profit organisation, we play a philanthropic role in supporting the development of leadership capability in our three priority areas: entrepreneurship in science, leadership in our schools, and guiding Australia’s response to complex global legal issues. 

The Menzies Foundation is proud to have the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) as our patron.

Our vision

To inspire and nurture Australia’s future leaders.

Our mission

The Menzies Foundation works to create a vibrant future for all Australians by:

  • supporting the development of entrepreneurial leaders to harness and exploit new opportunities from innovation in science and technology
  • supporting school-based education leaders from all sectors and systems who have the capacity to dramatically improve student outcomes
  • supporting international law specialists who can help shape Australia’s response to increasingly complex global issues.