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The Australian Government has established the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce to attract high-value businesses and exceptionally talented individuals to Australia, along with their ideas, networks and capital.

Global Talent Visa Program

Designed to attract highly talented individuals, with entrepreneurial ideas and cutting-edge skills within target industry sectors, who can contribute to Australia’s economy by driving innovation and supporting the creation of local jobs.

The Global Talent Visa Program (also known as the Global Talent Independent Program) is a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia.

Australia is after the brightest and best global talent to work in 10 target sectors.  The program is designed to help grow our innovation and tech economies.  This will create opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating jobs.

10 Target Sectors:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

In 2020-2021, there are 15,000 places available under the program.

Global Talent Employer Sponsored Program

Designed to attract highly skilled migrants with cutting edge skills into niche occupations to help innovate established businesses and contribute to Australia’s developing start-up ecosystem.

The Global Talent Employer Sponsored program allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled niche positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other standard visa programs (in particular, the Short-Term Stream and Medium-Term Stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa)

Before the Department enters into an agreement, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they cannot fill the position through existing skilled visa programs.  They will then be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTES.  The GTES is designed to benefit Australia and Australian workers.

It aims to bring globally mobile, highly-skilled and specialised individuals to Australia who can act as ‘job multipliers’ in Australian businesses, helping them to hire more local staff and fill critical areas of need.

Any position filled through a GTES agreement must provide opportunities for Australians by, for example:

  • creating new jobs for Australians
  • transferring skills and knowledge to Australian workers

You must demonstrate how you realise these opportunities throughout the GTES agreement period.

Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA)

The SISA is a new visa arrangement designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to take forward innovative ideas and launch seed stage start-ups.  The SISA is being piloted in South Australia and if it is successful, it will be rolled out nationally.