Our history

Inspired by Sir Robert Menzies, one of Australia's great leaders, the Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 to create opportunities for those who aim to improve the quality of life of all Australians. Since then, we have supported hundreds of leaders who have had big ideas and a passion to make Australia’s future brighter.  

In May 2018 we held a 40 year celebration to honour past achievements, unveil our new strategy and reaffirm our commitment to forging a better, healthier and smarter Australia.

Over the past four decades, we have worked with our partners to deliver a range of initiatives designed to inspire and support Australia's future leaders. Our current priorities include entrepreneurship in science, leadership in our schools, and guiding Australia’s response to complex global legal issues, as well as several other activities.

We're also proud to look back on our legacy projects and the benefits they have provided to the Australian community.

Our history timeline outlines the major events and key dates for the organisation since it was established. 


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or information about Sir Robert's life and career.