Born Global: January 2024

Hello Friend,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday and feel refreshed ๐ŸŒš๐ŸŽ‡ Here we are reflecting on an extraordinary past year with Advance and looking forward to a new one filled with fresh opportunities.

Speaking of which, what are your big goals for 2024? Let us know in this monthโ€™s poll ๐Ÿ‘‡ and look no further for a dose of inspirationโ€”dive into these stories that are sure to fuel your motivation!

  • Unveiling of Brisbane’s newest statue honouring GameChanger Dr Abigail Allwood
  • Gala Dinner speaker Professor Glenn Denning may have found a way to save the planet and feed everyone
  • Remembering Barry Humphries: A Global Icon’s Final Farewell

For those of you wanting to connect with our community, join us for our first virtual #CoffeeHour of the year โ˜• Itโ€™s a great chance to learn what Advance is doing, and to network with your fellow expats.

And finally, help us shine a spotlight on Aussies making waves globally ๐ŸŒโšก by nominating yourself or someone you know for the 2024 Global Australian Awards.

‘Til next time,
The Advance Team

This month’s image โ˜๏ธ – The rich, rusty red hue of the Australian Outback, is a result of its iron-rich soil and weathering processes. The prominent presence of iron oxide gives the landscape its distinctive colour. As the sunlight interacts with the iron minerals, it creates the breathtaking and iconic red palette that characterises the vast expanses of the Outback.


PM the Hon Anthony Albanese MP delivered a powerful 2023 Lowy Lecture, honouring the Institute’s 20-year legacy. From Sir Frank Lowy’s inspiring story to navigating global complexities, he highlights Australia’s pivotal role in regional engagement. Emphasising dialogue and strategic vision, the speech unveils a path to shape a secure and prosperous future ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒ


Weโ€™re celebrating the unveiling of Brisbane’s newest statue honouring GameChanger Dr Abigail Allwood, our 2020 Global Australian of the Year ๐ŸŒŸ The instalment showcases trailblazing achievements of incredible Aussie women – join us in applauding diversity and recognition! Read all about it here.


Spark Festival recently hosted a dynamic discussion unpacking Australia’s groundbreaking Cyber Security Strategy ๐Ÿ’ก For anyone working with startups and SMEs this event is a must-rewatch as it offers valuable insights into the Australian cybersecurity landscape.


Donโ€™t miss our first Advance #CoffeeHour for 2024 – itโ€™s perfect for those contemplating a move or seeking valuable connections with like-minded expats. Join us for a friendly virtual gathering where the coffee is hot, and the insights are even Hotter! Book your spot and be part of the conversation ๐Ÿ‘‹โ˜•


Embark on a culinary journey with our latest Postcard from China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿœ! Meet Aussie Heidi Dugan, who went from TV chef to strategic consultant. She shares insights into China’s diverse food landscape, cultural intersections, and the unique path that led to her strategic consultancy. Read the full postcard here. 


Global Australian of the Year 2023 Professor Glenn Denning may have found a way to save the planet and feed everyone ๐ŸŒฟ Heโ€™ll be discussing this in our upcoming Gala Dinner on 14 March (book your spot here!), but for now read his piece, recognised by Time magazine as one of the Davos 2024 โ€˜Ideas of the Yearโ€™.


Remembering Barry Humphries: A Global Icon’s Final Farewell ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŒ In a state memorial service, we bid adieu to a comedy legend whose seven-decade career brilliantly showcased Australian culture worldwide. From iconic characters to fearless satire, Humphries’ impact is felt far beyond borders. Join us in  celebrating his enduring legacy and contributions to the world of entertainment.


Nominations for the Global Australian Awards are open year-round, but nominations for 2024 close on 1st March 2024. Time is ticking! Shine a spotlight ๐ŸŒŸ on exceptional Aussies making waves globally, and celebrate their outstanding achievements by nominating yourself or someone you know! Learn more and nominate now here.

HERE’S TO 2023

Wrapping up a year that exceeded expectations with Advance! From a dazzling Gala Dinner to thought-provoking Global Town Hall discussions, 2023 has been a tapestry of celebration, inspiration, and endless opportunities. Raise your glasses ๐Ÿฅ‚ here’s to an even more remarkable 2024!


Embark on a new year filled with endless opportunities! Explore our jobs board, connecting global Australians with exciting roles worldwide. Whether you’re returning to Australia or seeking international ventures, discover diverse job listings tailored ๐Ÿ’ผ for you. Ignite your professional journey here.

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