To prepare for the international delegation Global Voices’ Scholars travel to Canberra for three days of pre-departure briefings. Delegates meet with senior policy-makers, Australia’s official representatives to international forums, and diplomats responsible for the drafting multilateral agreements. Our ongoing relationship with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) gives us unparalleled access to experts from a wide variety of policy backgrounds.
Delegates also meet with Federal Members of Parliament and Senators with portfolios and areas of expertise related to our program. Global Voices is a non-partisan, non-advocacy organisation and we meet with members of the government, opposition, independents and minor party representatives.
The briefings are an opportunity for delegates to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s role in multilateral talks and the domestic impact of international negotiations. We also facilitate team building sessions, conduct research reviews and media training. The briefings also bring together young people from different disciplinary backgrounds and is the perfect environment for networking and meeting likeminded people.
Delegates also meet with the Program Manager and are encouraged to set goals and take time to reflect.
Recent highlight meetings:
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
- Policy round-table at the Australia Strategic Policy Institute
- Ewan McDonald, Deputy Secretary, DFAT
- Gary Quinlan, Deputy Secretary, DFAT
- Dr. David Gruen, Deputy Secretary of Economics and Strategy, PM&C
- Sally Moyle, Felicity Errington, Sean Singh and Sian Phillips, Gender Equality Section, DFAT
- Jeff Roach, Assistant Secretary, InnovationXchange (DFAT)
- Greens Senator Scott Ludlam
- The Honourable Dr Andrew Leigh MP