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The Global Australian Awards recognises global Australians – including Australians living and working overseas, international alumni of Australian universities, and recent migrants to Australia. The Global Australian Awards showcase the achievements of these inspiring global Australians who are innovating in their field and shaping the world.

Selected by a judging panel of eminent Australians, the Global Australian Award winners and finalists are collectively known as the Advance GameChangers. Since 2012, Advance has promoted over 160 outstanding individuals who are shaping our world. Meet the 2023 GameChangers and the GameChangers from 2012 to 2022.


Nominations and more info

Nominations for the Global Australian Awards are open all year round! Your submissions will now go into 2024.

Nominations for 2024 close on 1 March 2024. The 2024 GameChangers will be announced from 1 Aug 2024, with the category winners and Global Australian of the Year to be announced on 11 September 2024.


CATEGORIES

Each year, we receive a large number of nominations and select winners for 8-10 categories. We have noted fluctuations in the number of nominations for different categories each year, and careers are increasingly interdisciplinary, making some extraordinary candidates appear less competitive compared to candidates that have focused in one industry. Also, categories and category names evolve over time to reflect Australia’s industry priorities. 

Nominations are allocated into industry/sector categories mid-way through the selection process to reduce any early bias. Some nominees may be allocated to more than one category if their career has spanned multiple sectors.

CRITERIA

You may nominate yourself and/or others. Eligible nominees must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; OR alumni of an Australian university who are non-Australian citizens or residents
  • Be living overseas currently, or be living overseas up until the year of nomination (except for the Global Talent category)
  • Be working and/or active within your industry (i.e. not in initial studies or fully retired)
  • Not be a current Advance Ambassador, or a current member of Advance staff / Advance Board of Directors / Advance Asia Advisory Committee.

Criteria for some categories in more detail

For the Alumni category, nominees must:

  • Be alumni of an Australian university program and a non-Australian citizen or resident
  • Live outside of Australia at least half of the year

For the Global Talent category, nominees must:

  • Have been born outside Australia
  • Be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia
  • Moved to Australia no earlier than ten years prior to the nomination, and be living and working in Australia at the time of nomination
  • Since 1 January 2020 have made a significant contribution to Australia in their field of expertise by:
    • developing a breakthrough innovation or scientific discovery in Australia that will tangibly benefit Australians at large, or make a globally significant contribution in the applicant’s field of endeavour, and/or
    • establishing a business registered in Australia, that either has created quality jobs in Australia and/or is tax positive for Australia

Global Australian Awards – General rules

  • A nominee may be considered for more than one category
  • Unsuccessful nominees may re-nominate in subsequent years
  • 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
  • Groups of people or couples will normally not be eligible, though in exceptional cases the selection panel reserves the right to consider such nominations
  • The selection panel reserves the right to determine the relevance of nominations and to move nominees across categories
  • All category winners will be considered for the Global Australian of the Year Award
  • No weight is given to multiple submissions for the same nominee
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously

If you have any questions or need more info, please review our frequently asked questions or contact us.