In a turnaround from last year, we’re starting 2021 with optimism here in Australia. As all countries wrestled with the trade-offs of protecting health and the economy, we have seen that as long as travel is restricted, our network of Australians around the globe is more valuable than ever.
In this issue, we share with you stories from inspiring Australians living in Singapore, Africa, the USA and Germany – building their impact and giving back in ways that we think are worth talking about.
On that note, we kick off the 2021 Advance Awards this week! Please nominate a global Australian or an alumni of an Australian university who has forged their career overseas and is doing their bit to change the world.
Above all, we are here to support your journey. If you recently returned or are returning to Australia soon, you are invited to join us for a digital coffee hour next month to access our powerful network and smooth your transition back to Oz.
As always, we appreciate your support of Advance.org. We believe it is important for Australia to stay in touch with our expats and overseas student alumni. You are a huge asset for Australia as we work together to exit from this COVID slowdown.
With my best regards,
Chairman | Advance.org
Award nominations open
Do you know of an outstanding Aussie who’s doing great things globally? Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate them now! Award winners join an elite group of GameChangers shaping Australia’s future. Nominations close on 1 March 2021. More
POSTCARD FROM SINGAPORE
Advance member Rivkah Mellor-Bessant is a Melbournian based in Singapore. She shares what’s happening in her part of the world, and reflects on how the pandemic is spawning social and environmental changes in the corporate world. More
GIVING BACK TO THE GAME
NBA star Patty Mills has unveiled an Indigenous Community Basketball League as a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths. The three-time Olympian has set up a competition starting this month that will run across Australia. More
SOLAR POWER FOR VACCINES
GameChanger and 2019 Advance Award Winner for Sustainability Hugh Whalan is repurposing his technology to support Covid-19 vaccine distribution. His company, PEG Africa, has started providing solar-power systems to off-grid health clinics. More
POST PANDEMIC TAX BILLS
Australians returning from overseas because of the Covid-19 pandemic risk facing increased tax implications in the country they resided in, even if this was for a short period of time. Here’s what you need to know. More
GAIL JONES’ LATEST BOOK
Tall Poppies is a podcast featuring interviews with exceptional Australians living abroad. It showcases their work as they share their overseas experiences and journey up the ladder to international success. Hear from acclaimed Australian writer Gail Jones on her book released in late 2020, ‘Our Shadows’. More
CELEBRATING AUSSIE IDENTITY
The 2021 Australian of the Year winners embody courage, determination and fierce compassion. Each year the award offers an insight into Australian identity. Our most recent top social media post features their stories to get you inspired and challenged. More
APPLY NOW TO THESE TOP JOBS
Whether you are looking for a new challenge overseas or thinking of returning to Australia, our job board shows a range of vacancies with top featured jobs each week. More
Our #GlobalReaders section has been helping families impacted by lockdown as well as those looking for great kids’ books. Find selected stories read by John Williamson-Noble, Rowena Lee, and 2020 Global Icon Winner Sophie Blackall. More