Our 2020 Survey of Global Australians suggested that 10% of our Advance community had returned home since March 2020, at least in part due to the pandemic. Since January 2021, we have seen that number increase, with estimates that half of all Australians living abroad have now returned to Australia. In response to your calls, we have been ramping up our efforts to ensure that Australian organisations value this windfall of global talent (see recent media below!).
This BornGlobal edition focuses on returning Australians – with resources, inspiration, and tips for those who are back, or contemplating their return home. But for many of our Advance community, Australia is not exactly ‘home’ anymore – around 20% of survey respondents intend to stay overseas permanently. In fact, the majority (56%) of our members have been based overseas for 10 or more years.
Whether you are returning or staying abroad, we want to keep you connected professionally with Australia. To catch up on Australian policy changes, industry developments and debates, check out our super succinct News Rundown especially created for our busy global community.
‘Till next time,
CEO | Advance.org
THE AUSSIE TALENT BOOM
Advance CEO along with community members Amanda Oldridge and Andrew Hudson, spoke to ABC Radio National about the opportunity that returned expats offer to Australia. Learn some tips if you’re planning to return, or what your business can do to access the skills of these very talented workers. More
Many recently returned Aussies are rediscovering their nation and are prouder than ever to call Australia home. Find out the stories from Advance members Georgia Frances King and David Jenkins, who have spent many years overseas and have now landed in Australia’s job market. More
RESOURCES TO AID YOUR RETURN
You’ve told us the key information you need when you return, and we’ve got you covered. From articles with the latest tax and superannuation changes, to helpful networks to connect with others. We also have Covid-specific information with the latest guidelines, and tips from other returnees. Have we missed anything? Let us know! More
#GLOBALAUSSIES: KHUNAPONG KHUNARAKSA
Khunapong is an Advance member who has recently returned to Australia, after a decade living overseas. He shares his global journey, the reasons that brought him back to Australia after working in nine countries, and his tips to secure opportunities in the Australian job market. More
POSTCARD FROM BRISBANE
Advance member Madie Sturgess came to Australia in 2020 for a family celebration and ended up relaunching her career. Madie went from regional Queensland to Haiti to the US and back, and believes the current brain gain brings truly exciting times for Australia, while she encourages anyone looking to jumpstart their career to think globally. More
COFFEE PODS: SANDRO DEMAIO
Dr Sandro Demaio is a recognised global expert and an Advance Awards 2020 finalist. He returned to Australia after working with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, and is now leading Victoria’s peak prevention and health promotion agency. Listen to him discussing public health with our favourite host, Holly Ransom. More
ALL THE EXCITING HAPPENINGS
In person gatherings are returning slowly but safely in some parts of the world – as an early sign of vaccinations ramping up. But you can still make the most of virtual events by accessing them from wherever you are in the world. Don’t miss out on all upcoming events near you and online. More