Australian Businesses are looking for the best and brightest talent from around the world.

Do you have what it takes?

In July 2018, the Global Talent scheme was established as part of efforts to resolve skills shortages in niche industries in Australia. There are two branches of this scheme, including The Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES) Program and the Global Talent Independent Program (GTIP).  

After a year-long pilot program, the Minister for Immigration, David Coleman, has announced that the GTES program will permanently continue due to strong support given by the industry, as well as the many economic benefits that recruiting overseas talent has had for Australian businesses.  

Applicants will be eligible for permanent residency if they earn more than $149,000 per year in Australia and are highly skilled in one of the seven key industry sectors, including Agricultural TechnologyFinancial TechnologyCyber SecuritySpace and Advanced ManufacturingQuantum Information/Advanced Digital/Data Science and ICT. 

  1. Global Talent Employer Sponsored Program  

The GTES Program enables Australian businesses to sponsor overseas workers that are highly-skilled in positions that cannot be filled by local talent, or through other visa programs. This program offers businesses with the skilled workers they need in order to grow and succeed in the Australian market, whilst contributing to the economy and creating more jobs Australia wide. Thanks to the continuation of the Global Talent – Employer Sponsored Program (GTES), Australian businesses and start-ups now have access to the best global talent.  

During the pilot program of 2019, 23 GTES agreements were made by companies that sought to fill specialised positions by recruiting overseas workers. These agreements allow established businesses to sponsor a maximum of 20 highly skilled visa applicants per year, whilst start-ups are able to sponsor up to five highly skilled visa applicants per year. Highly-skilled overseas workers that receive a visa through the GTES program are given the opportunity to apply for permanent residency pathway after three years.  

The GTES is only for highly-skilled niche positions, which are unable to be filled by Australians or through other skilled visa programs. The GTES visa falls within the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa Program, however certain requirements can be relaxed where a business obtains a GTES agreement. Furthermore, the GTES is an employer sponsored program only, which means that individual workers cannot apply for it without first receiving sponsorship from an Australian Employer.  

GTES agreements enable businesses to negotiate:  

  • 4-year initial visas for any occupation (regardless of grouping)  
  • Permanent Residency pathways for occupations that are not on the MLTSSL 
  • Variation of eligibility requirements for the STES visa 
  • Flexibility with standard age requirements for other permanent residency applications  

If you are currently looking into the GTES program, listed below are companies that have GTES agreements in Australia that you may be interested in:  

  • ARB Corporation Limited 
  • Atlassian Pty Ltd 
  • Baraja Pty Ltd 
  • Canva Pty Ltd 
  • Cochlear Limited 
  • Coles Supermarket Australia Pty Ltd 
  • Department of Health QLD 
  • Emesent Pty Ltd 
  • Gilmour Space Technologies Pty Ltd 
  • Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd 
  • Q-CTRL Pty Ltd 
  • Rio Tinto Limited 
  • SafetyCulture Pty Ltd 
  • Serco Australia Pty Limited 
  • SFDC Australia Pty Ltd 
  • South32 Group Operations Pty Ltd 
  • WorkYard Pty Ltd 
  • Yancoal Australia Limited 
  1. Global Talent Independent Program  

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) program is an incredibly exclusive program that can only be accessed by those that have been invited. The Department of Home Affairs has sent recruiters or ‘Global Talent Officers’ (GTO) around the world to scout out the best and brightest talent for permanent migration to Australia. Individuals that are contacted by a GTO must also receive a nomination from ‘an organisation with a national representation’ in their field of work, before they can access the GTIP program.  

If the applicant is over the age of 55, then they must show evidence of their ‘exceptional benefit’ to Australia, which depends upon a variety of factors. Under the GTIP, the Department of Home Affairs is planning on scouting up to 5000 talented overseas workers who will be ‘fast-tracked’ to Australia.  

If you need assistance or advice with your visa application, Results Migration are the best in the field, with a team of experienced Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents that are able to guide you through this complex area of law. Call Results Migration on 1800 808 717 or email us on [email protected] and book your free consultation today!