Advance.org is the professional network for global Australians. We support international career paths and provide a bridge for 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 fields, to inspire future generations and encourage a global outlook.
What we do
The Advance Awards, now in their 10th year, are central to everything we do – identifying high-achieving Australians overseas and introducing these GameChangers to Australian audiences. Beyond the Advance Awards, our work focuses on serving our community with Inspiration, Insight and Resources.
Who we support
The Advance community includes our members and social media followers, who are at any point along their international journey: whether they are considering working overseas in the future, currently building their career overseas; or ready to return home. We also welcome former international students at Australian universities into the Advance network to maintain and grow their connections with Australia.
When moving overseas, it’s important to immerse yourself in the new culture, and make connections wherever you’re headed. Advance offers listings of important overseas events and job listings to help you get started on this journey, as well as mentoring opportunities so you can learn from people who have successfully made the move before you.
If you’re an expat living overseas, it can be easy to lose touch with your professional contacts in Australia. Advance offers a variety of resources to help keep in touch professionally with Australia, and find like-minded Australians located overseas near you. Our global network of Advance Ambassadors are well-established and highly connected into the Australian community. A monthly news rundown summarises key policy changes, debates and events happening in Australia. The stories of other global Australians, shared through our ongoing program of roundtables, interviews, podcasts and postcards, share how others are navigating the challenges of living overseas, and enable you to connect with Australians in your region.
Returning home after working overseas, whether it be for 6 months or 20 years, can be difficult. Beyond any reverse culture shock when re-immersing yourself in Australia, the professional challenges are real – finding old contacts, making new connections, and the time it can take to find a role that suits your skills acquired overseas. Advance recognises these issues, and provides resources to help you, including our LinkedIn community, job listings and regular Coffee Hour to reintroduce you to the right networks in Australia.
How we are funded
Advance is partially funded by the Australian Federal Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and the Department of Industry (DISER), in recognition of the soft power and global industry insights delivered by our diaspora. We are also supported by the generous contributions of our founding patrons, philanthropic donors, and corporate sponsors who value Advance’s role in connecting global talent and elevating Australia’s global reputation.