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Nominations for the Advance Awards 2020 are currently being reviewed.

Established in 2012, the Advance Awards recognise the work of Australians making an extraordinary impact on the global stage. Awards are given to those making an impact in industry sectors that are of particular importance to Australia in the coming decades. In addition, the Global Impact Award recognises the extraordinary work of an Australian who makes a positive impact on the world, and the Advance Alumni Award celebrates the achievements of an international alumnus of an Australian university. In 2019, we introduced the Asia Impact Award to recognise an individual who is making an outstanding contribution in the world’s most populous region. The judges for the Advance Awards are eminent Australians. Chaired by Advance Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ken Allen AM, the judges are chosen for their expertise, integrity, and standing in Australia and around the world.


Judging panel

Ken Allen AM
Ken Allen AM
Alexie Glass-Kantor
Alexie Glass-Kantor
Maggie Beer AM
Maggie Beer AM
Sir Michael Hintze AM
Sir Michael Hintze AM
Jillian Broadbent AO
Jillian Broadbent AO
Bob Isherwood
Bob Isherwood
Darren Burns
Darren Burns
Andrew N. Liveris AO
Andrew N. Liveris AO
Michelle Garnaut AO
Michelle Garnaut AO
Carla Zampatti AC
Carla Zampatti AC

Nominations for Advance Awards 2021

Please complete this nomination form to have a global Australian considered for the Advance Awards 2021. Please note:

  • One form is required for each nomination.
  • Applications will be evaluated as they are received with additional information sought if it is required. 
  • Finalists may be invited to an interview via telephone/video conference. 
  • Category and special award winners will be selected and notified. 

Submit a nomination today Applications remain open until 11:59pm AEST 28 February, 2021.


Eligibility – Advance Awards

  1. Individuals may nominate themselves and others
  2. Nominees must be Australian citizens or Australian residents
  3. Nominees must have lived overseas at some point in their career 
  4. Awards will not be granted posthumously
  5. Nominees must be active within their industry
  6. Each applicant can be considered for more than one category
  7. Unsuccessful nominees may re-nominate in subsequent years
  8. Award winners cannot receive a second award in the same award category. They can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years
  9. Groups of people or couples will normally not be eligible, though in exceptional cases the selection panel reserves the right to consider such nominations
  10. The selection panel reserves the right to move nominees across categories
  11. Current members of Advance staff, Advance Ambassadors, Advance Board of Directors, and Advance Asia Advisory Council are not eligible
  12. All category winners will be considered for the overall Advance Award

Eligibility – Advance Alumni Awards

  1. Individuals may nominate themselves or others
  2. Nominees must be alumni of an Australian university, and a non-Australian citizen or resident
  3. Nominees must live outside of Australia at least half of the year
  4. Awards will not be granted posthumously
  5. Unsuccessful nominees may re-nominate in subsequent years
  6. Groups of people or couples will normally not be eligible, though in exceptional cases the selection panel reserves the right to consider such nominations
  7. Current members of Advance staff, Advance Ambassadors, Advance Board of Directors, and Advance Asia Advisory Council are not eligible

Selection criteria

Candidates are judged on their demonstrated leadership, vision, impact, and innovation in their field. Award nominees are evaluated against the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated excellence in their field globally
  2. Demonstrated innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship 
  3. Extent to which impact has been achieved by conceiving and performing work in new and creative ways
  4. Demonstrated significant impact or contribution in their relevant fields
  5. Demonstrated capacity to inspire the next generation global Australian leaders

Judges also give consideration to the nominee’s: 

  • Extent and nature of global experience 
  • Contribution to Australian and global communities
  • Voluntary work beyond paid employment
  • Capacity for their work to contribute to a more socially and economically inclusive Australia
  • Commitment to promote Advance and the Awards in the years following their award
  • Commitment to contribute to the mentoring of next generation Australian leaders
  • Ongoing contribution in their field