Thirty-six incredible Australian stories of ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to make our country a better place. With cutting-edge innovations they are proving that we can all do better, together.
“I hope you find this series as compelling as I have. Being involved in ‘Advancing
Australia’ gave me a unique insight into some exceptional examples of Australian
innovation. It was a real thrill to explore some incredible work being done by a wide
variety of Aussies leading the way, globally, across a broad range of fields.” – Guy Pearce

12 x 30-minute episodes, premiering exclusively on Network 10, 6pm 27 March 2021
Australia—are we still ‘The Lucky Country’? In many ways, we are. But right now, our nation is being forced to confront looming crises on many fronts. And we are fast approaching crunch time. The impact of climate change is threatening the Australian way of life, while inequality and discrimination mean the great Australian dream remains elusive to many of us. Our beaches and waterways are clogged with the waste of our consumer-obsessed society, and those of us who struggle with mental health or physical challenges still face insurmountable barriers along the path to inclusion and participation. But across this big, brown land of ours, ordinary Australians from all corners of society and all walks of life are tackling these big issues, one clever idea at a time. From Bondi to Broome, and Phillip Island to Melville Island, in Advancing Australia we meet inspirational Australians who are proving that one person can make a difference.
Presented by Guy Pearce, each episode puts a major national issue under the spotlight and tells the story of innovators who are generating change and inspiring others to do the same. Guy Pearce says, “I’m always curious about the way in which we humans are progressing, but I have a particular interest in what we as a nation are offering up in the world of innovation.”

On set at Fitzroy Island with Bengar Film crew and Nicole Nash, Founder of the Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), March 2021

The series introduces us to Australian heroes who have overcome obstacles to drive change. Together, they are Advancing Australia, and showing us how we can all play a part in making Australia a great place to live… for all Australians. This is uplifting television, and it is exactly what we all need right now.

Ben Gartland, Director of Advancing Australia

Episode 1: Sea of Plastic
Guy Pearce introduces us to three extraordinary Aussies doing their bit to help save our precious oceans, from a faux fur fashionista, to a surfie on a mission and a marine biologist saying, ‘this is the last straw’.

For further information and interviews please contact:
Catherine Rodwell
Mobile: +61 (0) 450 388 033

Above information is sourced from the Advancing Australia Press Release

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