Menzies Oration

Established in 1991, the Menzies Oration on Higher Education at the University of Melbourne honours the late Sir Robert Menzies, whose contribution to the development of universities is among his most remembered achievements as Australian Prime Minister.

It is especially fitting that the annual Menzies Orations are held in partnership with the University of Melbourne, where Robert Menzies, as a leading law student, was President of the Students Representative Council in 1916, and where he served as University Chancellor in later life.

In line with the Foundations new focus areas, the Oration will now provide an opportunity to invest in initiatives of high national importance, exploring Entrepreneurship in science, Leadership in schools and Australia’s response to complex global legal issues.


The 2019 Oration was presented by Professor Brian David Johnson, Futurist in Residence and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s School of Future and Innovation in Society on the topic: The Future of Risk, Security and the Law. This was delivered on Tuesday, 8th October at the University of Melbourne and can be viewed here


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 2020 Oration, to be presented by Professor Tina Seelig, Stanford professor, speaker, and best selling author on innovation entrepreneurship and creativity has been postponed. Date to be confirmed in due course. 


Visit University of Melbourne for a list of previous orations and transcripts.