Born Global: December 2023

Hello Friend,

As the year-end buzz gets electric ⚑ I’m taking a moment to reflect…

It is a privilege to support the journeys of global Australians and keep the Advance community connected with Australia. I’m grateful to the small but mighty Advance team for pulling off an ambitious suite of programs this year. And I am in awe of the generosity of our volunteer Board, Ambassadors, judging panel and committee members, for making 2023 such a success! 

Advance will close from 18 December until 8 January. As a holiday gift πŸŽ for yourself (and us!), book your tickets for the Gala Dinner on 14 March, 2024.

Until then, we have exciting updates to keep you in the know and inspired, including:

  • Adam Gilmour on the cusp of a monumental leap in Australia’s space race πŸš€
  • Andy Sharpe’s musical journey amid Maui’s wildfire recovery 🎡 
  • Arnold Dix, the Aussie hero behind the tunnel rescue operation in India 🌟 
  • Konstantina bringing the heart of Australia to Paris through art. 🎨 

And don’t skip the fun poll πŸ‘‡ this month – we need to know your favourite festive dish!

Thank you for your warm support and engagement with Advance this year. Wishing you a very happy and relaxing festive season πŸŽ„. 

β€˜Til next time,
Johanna Pitman
CEO | Advance

This month’s image ☝️ – you may know that the Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure visible from space, stretching over 2300km! As shown in the snapshot from last summer, maintaining the reef’s resilience in the face of multiple threats will keep the biodiversity of this underwater haven alive.


The anticipation is mounting as GameChanger Adam Gilmour prepares for the launch of the first Australian-made rocket. The maiden orbital test flight for Gilmour Space Technologies will take place from the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in North Queensland. Check out Gilmour’s final push toward the stars 🌠.


The latest support for Aussie entrepreneurs πŸš€ is outlined in the Industry Growth Program, launched by Minister for Industry, Hon Ed Husic MP last month. Discover funding opportunities πŸŒ± designed to propel Aussie businesses to new heights. Program details here! 🌐


Get to know the State and Territory winners for the  Australian of the Year Awards ahead of the national announcement on 25 January, with special congratulations to Advance GameChanger, Dr Saul Griffith, as a NSW finalist! Our Global Australian Awards complement these prestigious national awards. If you know a global Aussie doing great things, nominate them here. πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸŒ


Imagine a team-building activity based around songwriting… Andy Sharpe’s company does just that with clients around the world! Read about his journey as Founder and CEO of SongDivision. 🎡🌺 From his home in Maui, Andy shares wildfire recovery efforts you can support. And if you lead a big team, run events, or are in the L&D function in your company, see how SongDivision brings people together for meaningful team-building experiences!


Don’t miss the last days of Konstantina‘s exhibition in Paris, re-imagining the traditions of her peoples’ dot painters. In her first European solo exhibition, that runs until 16 December 2023, the neo-contemporary Indigenous artist combines rich hues and cultural tapestry. πŸ’‘

Remarkable Rescue

Professor Arnold Dix is the Australian expert turned hero who led the rescue of 41 miners in the Uttarkashi tunnel in northern India. Interviews show his calm and methodical demeanour. Arnold has been hailed by many in India, and PM Albanese at home, for playing a crucial role in the life-saving mission. Read more

Home for THE Holidays?

Curious about how our global Aussie community celebrates πŸŒπŸŽ„the festive season?  Last month’s poll showed about one-fifth of you make it home every year, but just as many avoid travel to Australia during the silly season! Special thanks to Caroline Keys, the talented Aussie artist behind our festive graphic! πŸŽ¨βœ¨


Secure your tickets now for the event of the year! πŸŽ‰ Join us at the Advance Gala Dinner on 14 March 2024 in Sydney for an unforgettable celebration of global Australians. It’s also a chance to promote your organisation amid a night of inspiration, networking, and recognition! Sponsorships and individual tickets available for an evening of excellence. 🌟


We love that Amy from Aussie Recruit shares that amidst the holiday hush, it might just be the perfect time to make your next career move. πŸŒŸπŸŒ πŸ™Œ If you don’t let the holiday quiet fool youβ€”this could be YOUR time to shine! Check out the jobs here. YOUR time to shine! Check out the jobs here.

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