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Australia: New visa scheme to attract highly skilled global talent

Australia quickly rose to a world Super Power; in just 230 years this young economy has kept stable and growing amidst work economic meltdowns and even wars.  Unemployment rates are one of the lowest in the world and almost all its citizens hold a high school diploma.  The secret of their success is that Australia makes sure they are always at the forefront of innovation, trade and technology.  This is done by enriching its talent pool with a work force with the skills and talent needed to keep Australia heading in the right direction as it keeps the country competitive on an international level. 


Australia is a large country with a small population, meeting the country’s growth needs is not always possible from its own talent pool, and as a result, Australia needs to attract skilled and talented professionals from all over the world to participate in their work force.  As such, Australia launched a pilot visa project specifically aimed at foreign nationals with some serious savvy.

The Global Talent Scheme was announced in a press release by the Australian Department of Trade and Industry.  The pilot project was launched on 1 July of this year.

Press Release by Ministers Tudge and Cash:

The [Australian] Government recognises there is fierce competition globally for high-tech skills and talent, and that attracting these people helps to transfer skills to Australian workers and grow Australian-based businesses.

The Global Talent Scheme will consist of two components. Established businesses with an annual turnover of more than $4 million will be able to sponsor highly skilled and experienced individuals for positions with earnings above $180,000 into Australia.

The employers will need to be able to demonstrate that they prioritise the employment of Australians and that there will be skills transfer to Australian workers as a result of the person being granted a visa.

The sponsoring business must have a track record of hiring and training Australians.

Technology-based and STEM-related start-up businesses will also be able to sponsor experienced people with specialised technology skills.

Start-ups will need to be recognised by a start-up authority and demonstrate that they prioritise the employment of Australians.

In both instances, a four-year Temporary Skill Shortage visa will be issued with permanent residence applications available after three years.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said that the new scheme is recognition that global talent is in high demand and we need to provide pathways for Australian businesses to access this.

“We want to ensure that Australian businesses can access the best talent in the world, because this will underpin business growth, skills transfer and job creation,” Minister Tudge said.

“At all stages, Australians are prioritised for the jobs, but where the skills and experience are not available here, we want to be able to attract talent from overseas.

“This is part of the ongoing reforms to our skilled visa programs to ensure that Australians have priority for Australian jobs, but acknowledge that there are times when the skills are not available in the country.”


Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said that the new scheme would particularly help Australian employers in our growing innovation sector and help them to create more Australian jobs.

“Industry figures say globally mobile, highly skilled and experienced staff can act as ‘job multipliers’ in Australian businesses, helping them to hire more local staff and fill critical areas of need,” Minister Cash said.


Source: Press Releases by Australian Department of Trade and Industry

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