Advance Awards

ABOUT

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Advance Awards acknowledge achievements of extraordinary Australians across a number of categories, with an Overall Advance Award winner announced at the Awards Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner. The winners are selected by distinguished Australian pioneers, who themselves have made significant impact on the global stage.

2018 Advance Award winners present at the Gala Event (L-R): Derek Buckmaster, Pete Ceglinski, Leanne Kemp, Angelica Cheung, Dalene Wray, Dr Renae Beaumont, Dr Thomas Oxley, Professor Barry Marshall

2018 Advance Award winners present at the Gala Event (L-R): Derek Buckmaster, Pete Ceglinski, Leanne Kemp, Angelica Cheung, Dalene Wray, Dr Renae Beaumont, Dr Thomas Oxley, Professor Barry Marshall

SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates are judged on their demonstrated leadership, vision, action, and innovation in their field. Award nominees are evaluated against the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated excellence in their field

  2. Demonstrated innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship; extent to which impact was achieved by conceiving and performing work in new and creative ways

  3. Demonstrated significant impact or contribution in their relevant fields

  4. Capacity for innovation to contribute to a more socially and economically inclusive Australia

  5. Demonstrated capacity to act as an inspirational global Australian role model abroad

Judges also gave consideration to:

  • Personal, academic, and professional achievements

  • Contribution to the Australian and global communities

  • Voluntary work beyond paid employment

  • Nature and length of activity or service

  • Commitment to promote Advance and the Awards in the years following their award

  • Commitment to contribute to the mentoring of an Australian university student for a 12-month period

  • While no upper age limit is stipulated, preference will be given to those who have made and are still making a major contribution in their field

ELIGIBILITY

Advance Awards

  • Individuals may nominate themselves or others

  • Nominees must be Australian citizens or Australian residents

  • Nominees must demonstrate significant global impact in their industry

  • Nominees must have lived overseas at some point in their career (including repatriates)

  • Awards will not be granted posthumously

  • Industry awards will not be granted to retirees; nominees must still be active within their industry

  • Each applicant can submit applications in more than one category

  • Unsuccessful nominees may re-nominate in subsequent years

  • Awardees cannot receive a second award in the same award category, but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years

  • Groups of people or couples will normally not be eligible, though in exceptional cases the selection panel reserves the right to consider such nominations

  • Selection panel reserves the right to move nominees across categories as they see fit

  • Current members of Advance staff, Advance Board of Directors, and Global Advisory Council are not eligible

  • All nominees will be considered for the Overall Advance Award without exception

Please note that some of the eligibility criteria changed in 2015 including; accepting nominations for Australian residents and repatriates and NOT accepting retirees

Advance Alumni Award

  • Individuals may nominate themselves or others

  • Nominees must be alumni of an Australian university, and a non-Australian citizen or resident

  • Nominees must live outside of Australia at least half of the year

  • Awards will not be granted posthumously

  • Each applicant can submit applications in more than one category and will judged on their demonstrated leadership, vision, action and innovation in one of the industry categories; the applicant will be evaluated against these criteria

  • Unlike the Advance Awards where individuals are recognised in individual categories, only one overall Advance Alumni Award will be awarded

  • Unsuccessful nominees may re-nominate in subsequent years

  • Groups of people or couples will normally not be eligible, though in exceptional cases the selection panel reserves the right to consider such nominations eligible

  • Selection panel reserves the right to move nominees across categories as they see fit

  • Current members of Advance staff, Advance Board of Directors, and Global Advisory Council are not eligible

JUDGING PANEL

Advance brings together a group of eminent Australians who represent the country's diverse entrepreneurial culture to judge the Awards. Chaired by Advance Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ken Allen AM, they are selected for their professional expertise, integrity, and standing in our global Australian community.

These awards don’t just exemplify the extraordinary success of Australia and Australians on the world stage; they are an embodiment of the Australian spirit: entrepreneurial, embracive and filled with pioneering courage. Yet again it has been an immense honour to have played a part in the judging process.
— Sir Michael Hintze AM