The Advance Awards recognise the work of remarkable global Australians making an extraordinary impact on the global stage in industry sectors that are of particular importance to Australia.

Australians are known as being resourceful, creative and free-thinking. With our irrepressible sense of optimism combined with openness towards other cultures, it is no wonder that so many Australians and graduates of Australian universities choose to build their career globally. We know that succeeding professionally overseas means embracing risks, working in unfamiliar environments, and operating without an established network – it takes guts, curiosity and ambition. The Awards recognise and celebrate these qualities.

Established in 2012, we are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards in 2021. The Awards have helped us promote over 100 outstanding individuals who are shaping our world.

The virtual celebration of the Advance Awards 2021 on Wednesday 8 September celebrated a wide variety of outstanding global Australians, recognising 37 finalists and 13 category winners. The Awards celebration included laughter, tears, and impressive accomplishments, with special guest appearances from Hugh Jackman, Bindi Irwin, Tim Minchin, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Nobel laureate Prof Barry Marshall and many more. Watch below.

Past Award Winners

Meet 2021 Advance Award winners. The Advance Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of Australians living and working around the world. Meet our 2021 winners here. Meet all our other past award winners here.

Interested in applying?

Read more about our Judging Panel of eminent Australians or review our frequently asked questions, which includes information on the nomination process, eligibility criteria and selection criteria used by the Judges.