Help Advance + PwC investigate the Australian diaspora

There are currently one million Australians living and working overseas. That's 5% of the entire population. Why do so many of us leave a country that offers a fantastic quality of life and boasts some of the most livable cities in the world

Opportunity? Experience? Itchy feet?

We want to find out - and we need your help. 

Advance and PwC are working together to paint a fuller picture about how the Aussies living and working overseas maintain engagement with Australia and its organisations during their time abroad, and how beneficial their ideas, skills and networks are to the country upon returning home. 

We want to build a brighter Australia. An Australia that houses some of the most innovative, brightest and forward thinking minds in the world. You can help us do this by exposing the answers to some questions about the Australian diaspora by participating in a short survey about Australians living overseas or Australians who have lived overseas and brought their skills and networks back to Australia. 

The survey will take less than five minutes, and the results are anonymous. The findings from the survey will only be reported at aggregate levels. The survey closes on Friday 1 September 2017 and all survey respondents will receive a summary of the results. This isn't only for Australians that have lived and worked overseas - but for those who have returned home. We want all of your collective opinions.  


Relative to its size, Australia also boasts one of the world's largest diasporas. The Australian diaspora is currently estimated at around a million people, or about 5 per cent of the population. This is equivalent to the population of Perth or Adelaide, and it is a greater than the combined populations of Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. The "new expats" are different from the expatriates who left Australia during the 1950s and 1960s ... Today, Australians live overseas not because they resent a provincial Australia, but because the world is now truly global and Australia produces global citizens. The motivation for today's Australians to live abroad is no longer rooted in a cultural cringe, but in the recognition that the world is a large place, worthy of exploration, and that Australians are well-placed to take advantage of what globalisation has to offer.”[1]

[1] Leigh (2005), ‘Imagining an International Australia’ Griffith Review, available at