ADVANCE
CONNECTING
AUSTRALIANS
GLOBALLY

Advance.org is the professional network for global Australians. Advance supports international career paths and provides the bridge to enable skills and knowledge acquired overseas to be leveraged for the nation’s benefit. We recognise and celebrate the achievements of global Australians who are at the forefront of their field to inspire the next generation.

Establishment

Advance.org was established from the ashes of the September 2001 attacks by Ken Allen AO, who was at the time Australia’s Consul General in New York, prior to returning to Sydney in 2006.


Patron

The Advance.org Patron is the Prime Minister of Australia. Our Patrons share a commitment to the diaspora and the work of Advance.org:

The Hon. John Howard OM AC Australia’s 25th Prime Minister

Prime Minister Howard famously observed:

“Our greatest exports are not of course iron ore important though that is, or tourism important though that is, wheat, coal and all the other things that we export….our greatest exports are our people.  There are a million of you dotted around the world, saving lives, inventing things, being at the forefront of information technology”    

“The concept of Advance is really quite superb. What it does is to challenge in the most emphatic way, that rather silly notion that in some way Australia is diminished by some of the brightest and the best of our country going overseas and making an enormous contribution to the societies and the economies of other parts of the world.”


The Hon. Julia Gillard, Australia’s 27th Prime Minister

“The Advance network brings together an amazing array of distinguished and rising Australians … In our globalised world, strong and productive networks with our fellow Australians will underpin our continued growth and prosperity, leveraging our skills and knowledge to promote our nation and its achievements to the wider world.”


The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister

“A million adventurous, enterprising, creative, innovative, competitive Australians right around the world… The important thing is to harness this smart grid of human capital and we’re doing that. Advance harnesses that enormous smart grid of human capital; our diaspora… It was an historic achievement to set up Advance … The strides that Advance has made are extraordinary… It will be a key element in our nation’s very bright future.” 

Mr Turnbull also encourages global Australians to join the Advance Awards Celebration.


Advance.org today

We are the trusted platform that connects global Australians with one another and with Australia by:

  • Conducting and sharing Interviews showcasing the work of global Australians
  • Unlocking the networks of our diaspora, partners and supporters,  boardAsia Advisory Committee,  and the Advance Ambassadors to connect global Australians
  • Expanding Advance.org global chapters led by our volunteer Ambassadors  (UK, USJapan, UAE and China)
  • Hosting roundtables to share insights and ideas – virtually and in person 
  • Curating and publishing a global events calendar to help global Australians connect in person or online
  • Curating and publishing a monthly news update – Born Global – that is shared across the Advance.org membership and more widely via the website and through social media. 
  • Creating a new website that acts as a ‘town square’ for information, insights, announcements, opportunities and connections.

We unlock the economic and cultural opportunities through collaboration, investment and innovation by: 

We recognise and celebrate the achievements of global Australians who are at the forefront of their field to inspire the next generation by:


You are invited to join Advance.org