To contribute to the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, Advance prepared this 2017 submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade to highlight the strategic importance of our diaspora, and petition for consideration of approaches to better engage our high value Australians overseas, Alumni and returnees to the benefit of Australia’s foreign policy. The White Paper charts a course for Australia at a time of rapid change. It emphasises that over the coming decade Australia will need to pursue its interests in a more competitive and contested world. The broad themes of opportunity, security and strength sit at the heart of this White Paper. They recognise that an outward-looking Australia fully engaged with the world is essential to our future security and prosperity.