Fast-track Australia Global Talent Independent Program launched

Fast-track Australia Global Talent Independent Program launched

The Australian government have unveiled a new fast-track tech immigration initiative called the Global Talent Independent Program for highly-skilled global talent as part of its newfound effort to address the local skills gap and grow the tech sector.

Australia’s Home Affairs department has set aside 5000 immigration visa places within the existing permanent migration programme – capped at 160,000 places – for the new “Global Talent Independent Program”.

The Australia tech immigration programme aims to attract highly-skilled workers to the country from around the world, with a focus on up to six specific industries that the government want to grow locally.

This scheme will benefit students and graduates in the relevant industries as they seek further employment in an emerging global marketplace.

The new scheme will complement the Global Talent-Employer Sponsored (GTES) scheme which currently offers fast-tracked visas for Australia businesses. This scheme was made permanent last week following a 12-month pilot.

A spokesperson for immigration minister David Coleman said that the department are looking actively recruit tech talent from overseas with a view to them relocating to Australia.

Selected candidates will receive fast-track Australia Global Talent Independent Program visas

Where ordinarily a visa can take months to complete, the scheme will fast-track the visa process for individuals selected with a view to complete the entire process in a matter of weeks.

The government will also be establishing an advisory panel of prominent members from academia and business to advise on which industries to focus on; the likely industries are: agricultural technology, fintech and quantum computing.

The overseas offers will be advertising the programme and looking for specific individuals to recruit.

The Australia tech immigration programme is likely to focus on those with advanced degrees or experiences at leading global institutions, meaning those who have or are pursuing further higher education and most likely to benefit from the scheme.

Alex McCauley, chief executive of StartupAus said: “We can think about this as Home Affairs sending out talent scouts to hotspots around the world to look for the best and brightest workers. In an era where there is an international war for technology talent, that makes a lot of sense.

Australia’s current Coalition government have recently focused efforts on combating the increasing skills gap within the local tech sector. They are aiming to close the gap through the GTES scheme officially launched last week.

Under the GTES scheme, approved start-up companies are able to offer five visas per year – with this raised to 20 for established businesses – fast-tracking talent from overseas where there are no local workers available for the job.

Both schemes hold a lot of promise for students internationally, particularly those studying in desirable fields, such as technology and computer science.

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Hari Srinivasan - Managing Editor, Global Education Times (GET News)

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