In order to have a record of exceptional and outstanding achievement a person should be at the very top of their field and have outstanding achievements in comparison to their peers who are also positioned as the very best in that field. The record could be in a profession, sports, art or academic research. Distinguished Talent category is applicable only to people with a renowned talent and international achievements that are of exceptional benefit to the Australian community. This category forms a small part of Skilled migration program with the planning level set at 200 places. But it is also used in the Global talent visa program which has 15,000 places available.
A single and the only significant achievement, would not be regarded as exceptional and outstanding. In addition, an exceptional level of performance in a job does not constitute an exceptional and outstanding achievement.
- demonstrate extraordinary and remarkable abilities, be dominant in the field and have a record of ongoing achievements that is likely to continue in future
- achievements need to be acknowledged as exceptional in any country where the relevant field is practised
- the field need to have recognition and acceptance in Australia as well as in the world
- be of economic, social or cultural benefit to the community
- improve Australia’s international standing in sport, art or academia
- contribute to the nation as a whole and not just to a local community
- Any age, but if younger than 18 or older than 55 years of age, must be of exceptional benefit that would elevate the international standing of the particular field in Australia.
Nomination can be provided by an eligible person or organisation with a national reputation in the same field:
- an Australian peak body or organisation
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an eligible New Zealand citizen