Born Global: July 2022

Hello friend,

It is an exciting time at Advance, with the third cohort of the NextGen program kicking off soon, and the rebranding of our annual Advance Awards (now in their 11th year) to the “Global Australian Awards”. The new name better reflects the prestige and purpose of the awards, and just in time for the announcement of 2022 finalists in the coming weeks.

Helping our community members find opportunities when they return to Australia is also a priority with thanks to the recent participants of the #CoffeeHour on 30 June. Stay tuned for a new “Talent Return Program” to be launched in the coming month to help guide your journey back to Australia. In the meantime, there is still time to respond to the InSyncNetwork survey on the experience of returning expats with the local job market. Or check out my interview on their Boomeranging Podcast for some tips and context.

As always, we love watching our global community grow! Our TikTok account is sharing the amazing work of Aussies abroad to new and existing audiences. We have also just updated our News Rundown with a quick summary of Aussie news you might have missed. Check it out, and be sure to share this newsletter with other global Australians.

‘Till next time,

Johanna Pitman


After a decade of growth and momentum for the annual Advance Awards, they are getting a glow up! Now called the “Global Australian Awards”, the meaning and intention will be clear to new audiences, ready for broadcast on Australian TV 🙌🙌. Check out our new awards logo, and keep your schedule free for the broadcast on 7 September, 7:30pm AEST. More


Our very own Johanna Pitman features in the Boomeranging podcast with Margot Andersen, talking about the experience for returning expats. Johanna shares advice for how expats should approach today’s local job market, particularly amidst headlines of skill shortages, and how they should best position their global experience. More


NAIDOC week earlier this month celebrated the world’s oldest continuing culture. We are inspired by DFAT’s Indigenous Diplomacy Agenda to ensure Indigenous Australia and Indigenous peoples around the globe benefit from – and have a stronger voice in shaping – foreign policy, trade and economic policy, sustainable development and corporate policy. Find out more here.  


Adam McCurdie and Josh Ross from Australian-based start-up and Advance’s ticketing platform partner, Humanitix, share exciting news of their global growth. The co-CEOs share how their business is helping to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Read more of their story here


If you haven’t had enough ballet and/or inspiration in your life recently, here’s your chance! The former principal ballet dancer with the Royal Ballet in London, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE has released her autobiography, ‘Built for Ballet’, to broad acclaim. Leanne’s journey from Rockhampton QLD to ballet stardom captures the trials and achievements of a truly remarkable global Australian. 


Microsoft recently announced their Partner of the Year Award winners for 2022, recognising partners from all over the world for their application of Microsoft technologies in innovative ways. We were thrilled to see high acclaim for Australian companies, with one of our other sponsors, EY Australia, taking out Microsoft’s Partner of the Year for Australia! More 


Our Advance NextGen Program is fast approaching with the first session kicking off in August. With six online, free and informative sessions featuring an incredible line up of speakers, this is an opportunity for anyone in the first 10 years of their career to get expert guidance to go global. Know someone who might be interested? Encourage them to apply here by July 28th!


Our annual prestigious Global Australian Awards will be broadcasted on 7 September. No matter where you are in the world, consider hosting an event to learn about the amazing award recipients and their work with your local audience. For details on how to host a satellite event, contact us


Looking for your next job to grow your skills set and your resume? Our Advance jobs board has everything you need to make the transition, whether you’re looking to stay in/ return to Australia, or take your career global (here). We also feature some exciting job opportunities on our socials (click the icons below to access).