Obama to head down under on speaking tour

Barack Obama is heading down under to share leadership tips on a speaking tour to Australia.

The former US president, who served in the top job from 2009 to 2017, will sit down in Sydney and Melbourne in March next year for "An evening with President Barack Obama".

Audiences will hear him explore techniques for navigating an unpredictable future, and discuss strength in leadership, according to business leadership and events provider Growth Faculty.

"There's no leader better equipped to share their experience, unique strategy and wisdom, and we're thrilled he's chosen us for this limited and exclusive event," Growth Faculty chief executive Karen Beattie said.

President Obama's leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, and a nation more respected across the world during a time of great challenge and change, the company said.

Tickets for the events, on sale from Thursday, will start at $195.

People who can't make the events in-person will be able to buy tickets to watch a livestream of Mr Obama's address online.