Menslink Business Breakfast

Our biggest breakfast of the year

The Menslink Business Breakfast is our annual fundraising event and draws nearly five hundred leaders from across Canberra to hear from inspiring speakers, network with other community-minded people, and support the great work of Menslink.

The Business Breakfast is held each year in September and is attended by executives from large and small businesses, government, sports, education and the community sector. Both Federal and Territory politicians from all major parties also attend to show their support for Menslink and the young men in our community.

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2021 - The Hon. Julia Gillard AC

This year’s speaker was the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, current Chair of Beyond Blue and former Prime Minister of Australia.

The Hon. Julia Gillard AC was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and was the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.

In 2017, Ms Gillard became Chair of Beyond Blue, Australia’s leading mental health awareness body and she spoke about leadership, mental health, and resilience.

47 organisations sponsored the breakfast which attracted over a thousand online viewers. Click below for more details and to watch a recording of the event.


Find out more about Menslink Business Breakfast 2021

2020 - Georgeina Whelan

Georgeina Whelan

This years event is a ‘pay what you can afford’ ticket to join the broadcast. You set the price. Join as a group at work, tune in if you’re working remotely from home and invite your colleagues from interstate who may never get to join our annual business breakfast in person. If your workplace commits to $1,000 or more you will receive acknowledgment during the event and for the rest of the year as a Menslink sponsor. All of the profits from the event go directly to support our programs that have been supporting young men in Canberra since 2002.

Find out more about Menslink Business Breakfast 2020

2019 - Jimmy Barnes


Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. His nickname, “Barnesy”, conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume, and of soul standards given a unique reading. Jimmy has been through it all, and literally lived to tell the tales. He has sold more records in Australia than any other local rock & roll artist. In 2016, Jimmy’s self-penned childhood memoir, Working Class Boy, was a #1 bestseller and won the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for ‘Biography of the Year’. The book revealed Jimmy as a writer of unfettered honesty. He leavened his dark story with humour and, ultimately, love.

Find out more about Menslink Business Breakfast 2019

2018 - Peter FitzSimmons

Peter FitzSimmons

Australian journalist, radio and television presenter and author, Peter FitzSimmons will join us for the Menslink Business Breakfast on 18 September 2018.

The annual fundraising event draws draws nearly five hundred leaders from across Canberra to hear from inspiring speakers, network with other community-minded people, and support the great work of Menslink.

2017 - Alan Tongue


2017 marked the tenth year of the Menslink Business Breakfast. Family violence campaigner, school mentor, former Raiders captain and 2017 ACT Australian of the Year nominee, Alan Tongue was the keynote speaker at the Menslink Business Breakfast 2017.


2016 - Rosie Batty

Pride of Australia nominees – Rosie Batty

The Menslink Business Breakfast 2016 featured keynote speaker Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner.

2015 - Lieutenant General David Morrison AO


The 2015 breakfast featured keynote speaker Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Ret’d), former Chief of Army. He and Menslink CEO Martin Fisk talked about the need for better role models for young men so that they can avoid the potential pitfalls of violence, drugs and alcohol, self-harm and suicide.

The breakfast was covered extensively in the media, including an article and editorial in the Canberra Times.

Highlights from the 2015 breakfast, including speech excerpts and interviews with attendees.

Principal sponsors included: ACT Policing, Icon Water, Capital Chemist and the Snow Foundation. They joined major supporters: ACT Rugby Veterans, Bendigo Bank, Brumbies Rugby, Canberra Raiders, NCDI, Proximity Legal and PWC, plus a host of other supporters – all of whom made the event a tremendous success.

Previous Menslink Business Breakfast Speakers


  • Dr Brendan Nelson from the War Memorial
  • Current and former Chief Ministers Andrew Barr and Katy Gallagher
  • Former ACT Chamber Chief Executive Chris Peters
  • Former Raiders front rower David Shillington
  • Brumbies legend Clyde Rathbone

For a complete list of upcoming events, please check out our Events page.

More photos from Menslink events are on our Facebook page.

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