ADVANCE
CONNECTING
AUSTRALIANS
GLOBALLY

If you know of an outstanding Aussie who’s doing great things globally, don’t miss the opportunity to nominate them now. The Advance Awards showcase the achievements of inspiring Australians and alumni of Australian universities who are innovating in their field. Award winners also join an elite group of GameChangers, representing the next generation of leaders. Nominations close on 1st March, so if you know anyone who fits the bill, lift up their stories and nominate them.


Now open

The 2021 Advance Awards are now open for nominations! Spread the word and join us at the 10th edition of these prestigious awards. Nominations close 1 March 2021, 11:59pm AEDT.

Learn more

Join us in our upcoming free live info-sessions to learn all about the 2021 Advance Awards.

  • Learn how our nomination platform works
  • Find out what our judging panel looks for when shortlisting nominations
  • Discover ways to support your nominees during the process
  • Ask what our team can do to assist you with submissions

Please RSVP for the info-session that works best for you:


About the Awards

The Advance Awards are the only awards of their kind to celebrate global Australians, and alumni of Australian universities, who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision, and ambition. 

The Advance Awards are designed to highlight the impact and achievements of global Australians, foster deeper connections with Australia, and inspire the next generation of Australian leaders.


Eligibility – Advance Awards

  1. Individuals may nominate themselves and others
  2. Nominees must be Australian citizens or Australian residents
  3. Nominees must be living overseas currently, or have built their career overseas previously 
  4. Awards will not be granted posthumously
  5. Nominees must be working and/or active within their industry (i.e. not in initial studies or fully retired)
  6. A nominee may 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
  13. No weight is given to multiple submissions for the same nominee

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
  8. No weight is given to multiple submissions for the same nominee

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