The Global Australian Awards, presented by Advance, recognise the work of remarkable 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 (known as the “Advance Awards” up until 2022) recognise and celebrate these qualities.

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 100 outstanding individuals who are shaping our world. Meet the 2022 GameChangers, and the GameChangers from 2012 to 2021.

Watch the 2022 Awards

Meet all the finalists and hear the winners as they were announced during the global broadcast on 7 September 2022, with special guest appearances from Cate Blanchett and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and many more. Watch here and check out the simultaneous satellite events that were held around the globe to bring the Advance community together.

Watch the 2021 Awards

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 the full event here.