Advance Awards 2020 : A celebration of Australians making an extraordinary impact on the global stage

FINALISTS > Meet the 37 Finalists of the Advance Awards 2020

Established in 2012, the Advance Awards recognise the work of Australians making an extraordinary impact on the global stage in industry sectors that are of particular importance to Australia. We will again be recognising a number of remarkable global Australians who are making an extraordinary impact on the international stage across industry sectors that are important to Australia. 

Award categories

Winners are selected by our eminent judging panel from a shortlist of outstanding finalists in the following categories: the ArtsCommercial CreativesEducationFinancial ServicesLife SciencesSocial ImpactSustainabilityScience and Technology. We will also be celebrating the winners of the:

  • Global Impact Award – recognising the extraordinary work of an Australian making a positive impact on the world > More
  • Advance Alumni Award – recognising the achievements of an international alumnus of an Australian university > More
  • Asia Impact Award – recognising an individual making an outstanding contribution in the region > More

A new award to celebrate the work of an Emerging Leader is being introduced this year and to cap off an excellent program we will announce the 2020 Advance Global Australian Award Winner who will join a stellar group of past Global Australian Award Winners. The 37 finalists of the Advance Awards 2020 will be announced on 30 September, 2020!

Celebrate everywhere

In its 9th year, the Advance Awards 2020 will be streamed online on 15 October 2020 and everyone is  invited to join the celebration from 6:30pm AEST. You can watch from anywhere in the world at any time, because your unique registration link remains active for up to 48 hours. Bookings are now open.


We want all Australians to join us for the Advance Awards 2020. is a not-for-profit organisation and this year, we want all global Australians and Alumni to join us for the Advance Awards 2020 from everywhere. Tickets are AUD50.00 + gst and there are a limited number of free tickets for students, not-for-profit organisations and leaders in transition.

We are also offering two packages for organisations who wish to encourage their emerging leaders to attend:

  • Option 1** – AUD5000.00 + gst for 100 tickets
  • Option 2** – AUD2500.00 + gst for 50 tickets

You can pay for packages online or via invoice by contacting our Chief Finance Officer, Michelle Gibbs. 


Why not sponsor a winner? The Advance Awards 2020 give us all an opportunity to invest in our people and most importantly, to inspire the next generation of Australian global leaders. There are a wide range of sponsorship opportunities designed for all budgets and ambitions. Contact our Sponsorship Lead for more information. Together we can continue to deliver the services that Australia needs now more than ever and celebrate the achievements of our remarkable Australian leaders on the global stage. 

More information

Meet the Advance Awards Judging Panel > More
Meet the Advance Awards GameChangers > More
Watch the Advance Awards 2019 > More
Keep a track of our Media announcements > More

with thanks to our Partners and Sponsors