As Patron of Advance, I’m very proud to congratulate everyone nominated for an Advance Award in 2020. 

You are without doubt Australia’s greatest exports.  

As you bring your intellect and imagination, your ambition and acumen and empathy to the  world’s biggest problems, you show the breadth and depth of Australia’s presence in the  world, and our power to change it.  

For all of us, 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year. COVID-19 has upended lives and livelihoods, and so many other things we take for granted. In this upended world, so much of your work is more important than ever. 

Testament to this is in the strength of the field this year. The number of nominations shows us that your work in science, medicine, sustainability, creative arts, social impact and so much more, are more vital than ever to Australia and the world. 

It is talent like yours, with the courage, resilience and adaptability Australians have always shown, that will get us through this challenging time, and help us build a better, stronger future.  

Like so much else, your Awards ceremony looks different this year. You can’t gather in one place. But being dispersed – yet connected by common aspirations and achievements – is what Advance is all about.  

I commend you for your stellar work as global Australians, and your efforts and determination in this difficult year. 

Congratulations again and enjoy your night.  

The Hon Scott Morrison MP 

Prime Minister of Australia  

15 October 2020