Born Global: May 2024

Hello Friend,

I share this as my last newsletter as CEO of Advance. Leading our community of global Australians has been an immense privilege. My goal has always been to serve as a steward of this organisation, building upon the hard work and foresight of previous CEOs, board members and generous volunteers around the world. I am therefore delighted to now be handing over the reins to Kate McQuestin (see below 👇) who brings incredible experience, new ideas and energy to the role.

I am grateful for the warmth I have experienced from the Advance community and have enjoyed meeting many of you through the Global Australian Awards, our online events and programs, and our regular #CoffeeHours.

My sincere thanks to the Advance board, led by Andrew Low; the Advance Ambassadors, Judging Panel and Asia Advisory Committee for your support and guidance; and to my dedicated Advance colleagues who have worked tirelessly to fulfil our vision.

Johanna Pitman
CEO | Advance

This month’s image ☝️ Eucalyptus Corymbia. Creating more than picturesque landscapes, the Red Gum tree’s nectar yields honey rich in antioxidants and medicinal properties. See more about Australian native honey types here.


Just three weeks into the CEO role, Kate McQuestin in on a quest to connect, champion and empower global Australians! You’ll hear directly from Kate next month, but in the meantime, you can learn about her highly relevant experience and the board’s appointment here


In what might be the last budget before the next federal election, Treasurer Jim Chalmers announced a few measures of particular interest to the Advance community – a “Future Made in Australia” initiative; changes to university fees for certain courses; and a ⌛ fast-track service for passport applications! See key announcements summarised here.


The god of Thunder ⚡ returns to the screen – not as Thor, but as Dr Dementus alongside the Queen of chess herself, Anya Taylor-Joy in the newest release of the iconic Australian Mad Max film series, Furiosa. Shot here in our very own backyard, check out exclusive insights of the film from director George Miller and Chris Hemsworth here.


If you find yourself in Australia this winter, check out these iconic events! ❄️ Try the luminous spectacle of Vivid Sydney or the historic charm of the 1770 Festival or the enigmatic allure of Dark Mofo. See the evolution of Australian creativity and culture on your next visit, with Aussie events.


When you think of success, most people picture the end result. What they don’t see is what 2023 Global Talent GameChanger Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel describes as “the constant juggling, sleepless nights, second guessing, all the failures”. Cle-Anne shares the truths behind success in her keynote Sorry for ‘making it look easy’.


Simone Young AM, Australia’s foremost conductor and Advance 2021 Global Icon, traces her journey from a humble upbringing to global acclaim in the ABC special Australia’s World Leading Maestro. Now the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor is preparing for Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Bayreuth, Germany, and you can see the second opera performed in Sydney in November!


If you know anyone looking to do post-graduate study overseas 🎓 they must check out The General Sir John Monash Foundation scholarships. Supporting  outstanding Australians to undertake studies globally, their Scholar’s Podcast series traces the journeys of Advance judging panel chair, Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC, and remarkable GameChangers like Dr. Brett Parkinson and Dr. Martin Seneviratne.


Australia is gearing up to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2026 ⚽ Following the remarkable performance of our Matildas last year, this tournament will build on the success hosting the World Cup and promises to enhance our football landscape nationally and regionally. Bring it on!


Last month we asked about your first overseas work experience 🌍 43% of you first worked overseas in the middle of your career, reflecting a trend for individuals to seek more challenging roles after establishing a skillset in Australia. Speaking of, if you’re looking for your first overseas role (or your fifth!), check out our jobs page.

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