WHAT IS ADVANCE?

Advance is a community of global Australians who are able to make a difference for Australians, Australian companies and Australia around the globe. We believe Australian talent is one of our greatest exports and resources.

We are devoted to the exchange of knowledge and ideas to: inspire and empower other Australians and alumni to succeed, build entrepreneurial Australian companies and Create global career opportunities for Australians around the world.

A virtual meeting place of Australia’s most dynamic dreamers and achievers, Advance turns the collective experience of our members into a vibrant resource of ideas, advice, inspiration and opportunities. Our ultimate aim is to create a global community that benefits:

  • Australian companies with global growth aspirations
  • Young Australians and alumni who want to make their mark
  • Established leaders who want to give back to the next generation of Australian talent
  • Australia's productivity

IS ADVANCE ONLY FOR ENTREPRENEURS, BANKERS AND LAWYERS?

No! We are an inclusive community of like-minded people connected to Australia. Many of our programs are designed to showcase global Australian talent, grow our global community as a brain resource to Australia, and assist entrepreneurs who want to build global companies. Our online platform reflects the full breadth of Australians and alumni making their mark on the world stage. From accountants to graphic designers, publicists to inventors, becoming a member is your way of being connected to Australia’s global community.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

The Advance Global Australian Awards celebrate Australians living overseas, who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision, ambition and who are future leaders and innovators in their chosen field. They are the only awards to recognise the important contributions of the more than one million Australians living abroad. The Awards also recognise the achievements of alumni from Australian universities through the Advance Global Alumni Award. 

Advance Angels is our newest initiative designed to connect experienced global business people with Australia's newest and most exciting entrepreneurs. Advance Angels are unique volunteers who collectively possess a significant intellectual resource. They are energised and passionate about giving this knowledge and experience back to help mentor, grow and even invest in the next generation of successful Australian-led innovative companies.

Advance Global Summits are held annually and are a place where established and emerging leaders from Australia’s diverse global community meet to explore and disseminate ideas, to connect with other members of Australia’s ‘brain trust’, and to share best practice. Initiatives and ideas that are generated at Advance Global Summits are provided as advice to government, and can produce tangible business opportunities and partnerships for attendees and sponsors.

CAN YOU PROMOTE MY EVENT?

Advance has a strict promotional policy for third party events. Please view our promotional policy to ensure your event complies with our policy before contacting us.

HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES ADVANCE HAVE?

Advance has a membership of over 25,000 people across 90 countries, however, our global reach is considerably larger. Our monthly global update has a readership of 70,000 and our events attract 50% non-Australians who want to connect and be part of Australia’s global community. 

HOW DO I GET IN-TOUCH WITH OTHER MEMBERS?

Due to strict privacy policy laws that Advance adheres to across multiple geographies, we are unable to provide personal contact details of our members at this stage. We encourage members to utilise our social networks, including social media and events, to connect with other members. Please follow or like us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

WHY ARE THERE NO ADVANCE EVENTS IN MY AREA?

Advance operates on a small and dedicated team of only eight staff and therefore we rely on the efforts of volunteers and committee members to run events. However, we are in the process of developing a global tool kit so that members can host their own Advance events worldwide. If you are interested in hosting an Advance event in your local area in the future please email us at members@advance.org

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

As a small organisation, Advance relies on the contributions of our amazing members to increase our impact and presence around the world. There are many volunteer opportunities available at Advance, below are some examples of volunteer work:

  • Advance Content Provider (journalist, writer, interviewer, videographer) – provide relevant content for our online platforms and see your work featured on an international stage
  • Advance Angel (for investors and entrepreneurs) – your chance to give back and support the next generation of Australian entrepreneurs and business owners. Please send an email to members@advance.org with your resume attached and what role you wish to contribute to.

HOW IS ADVANCE DIFFERENT TO OTHER AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATIONS WORKING AROUND THE WORLD?

  • We are global
  • We champion global Australian innovation
  • We are content driven as opposed to event driven

Whilst we are partly funded by the Australian Government to deliver programs that beenefit Australia, we are not a government organisation. We work collaboratively with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Resources and Tertiary Education, Austrade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian State government bodies, corporate and university partners and other expatriate organisations. We support the efforts of regional Chambers of Commerce, whose clear focus is to foster the bilateral relationship between Australia and that other country. Our primary purpose is to build Australia’s global community so that our diaspora is a brain resource to Australia, Australian companies and other Australians and alumni around the world.

HOW IS ADVANCE FUNDED?

Advance is a public-private venture, non -profit entity, working in partnership with the Australian Government, select State Governments, leading corporations, academic institutions, donors and patrons. Many of Advance's activities are driven by volunteers.

CAN I DONATE TO ADVANCE?

Sure can! We have legal entities in the US, UK and Hong Kong, with tax deductibility status in the US and UK. If you'd like to make a donation, please visit the Support our Programs page.

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A JOB?

Not directly, although many people have found jobs through getting involved in Advance activities. Advance is not a recruitment company and cannot help you find a job directly. Advance members can maximize opportunities for career advancement by attending events, partaking in online forums or volunteer your time to the organisation.

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A VISA TO WORK IN THE US?

Advance does not provide advice on visa issues but we do have some information at Advance TV on our Immigration Advice channel

WHO RUNS ADVANCE?

Advance operates on a small, and dedicated global team of around eight staff, with numeorus volunteers and advisors around the world. The organisation is governed by a Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer is a member of the Board of Directors. The Board work with a Global Advisory Board, made up of global leaders, who assist in the strategic development of the organisation.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN ADVANCE?

That’s the best part – it’s FREE!

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?

Use our Contact Us form for any specific questions about Advance you may have.