GLOBALLY is the only professional network for global Australians, by global Australians. Advance supports international career paths and provides a bridge that encourages the transfer of skills and knowledge acquired overseas to be leveraged for Australia’s benefit. We recognise and celebrate the achievements of global Australians who are at the forefront of their respective field, those who are inspiring future generations. was established in 2002 by Ken Allen AO, Australia’s then Consul General in New York (and Advance Chair Emeritus), who recognised the immense skills and expertise held by Australians overseas.

So how do we do this?

Advance is 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 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 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 potential for 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:


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

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Australia’s 30th Prime Minister

“Overseas Australians are connected by common aspirations and achievements which is what Advance is all about. So it’s terrific that the Awards allow us to celebrate some of our remarkable expats who are making a vital contribution in so many places around the 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.

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. 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.”

You are invited to join