Skilled Migration Process

Global Talent Program

Global Talent Program

In 2018 the Australian Federal government introduced the Global Talent Scheme pilot that started on 1 July 2018 and ran for 12 months. The pilot allowed established businesses and startups to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who could help to grow their businesses and create more jobs. In addition, Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA) pilot started in November 2018 with a view to run for 3 years. In December 2018 the Government also announced the Global Talent Initiative that will allow to proactively attract the top talent people with entrepreneurial ideas and cutting-edge skills. In August 2019 the Government confirmed that following a successful pilot the Global Talent Scheme will be renamed the Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES) and will be made permanent.
Australia Global Talent Program


The GTES is only for highly-skilled niche positions that cannot be filled by Australians or through other existing skilled programs. It is an employer sponsored program only and individual workers cannot apply for it without first being sponsored by an Australian employer. Overseas workers sponsored under this scheme are granted a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa that is valid for up to 4 years and has access to a permanent residency pathway. Other main features include:

GTES Features
  • Employee earning threshold is higher than for a standard TSS visa
  • Variations to standard TSS visa requirements can be negotiated
  • Access to broader range of roles outside of the standard occupation lists
  • Age requirements for a permanent residence pathway is negotiable
GTES Streams
Established Business
  • Up to 20 positions per business per year
  • Permanent residency pathway after 3 years
  • Up to 5 positions per business per year
  • Permanent residency pathway after 3 years
Companies with GTES Agreements
  • 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


SISA is designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to bring their innovative ideas and launch seed stage startups in South Australia (SA). Currently, this program operates in SA only, but if successful it will be rolled out nationally. Participants in this program are granted a Temporary Activity visa that is valid till November 2021 and is extended to immediate family members.

SISA Requirements
  • Have an innovative idea and a business plan
  • No requirement for investment capital
  • Have sufficient funds for settlement in South Australia
SISA Priority Industry Sectors
  • Cyber Security, Big Data and Blockchain
  • Defence and Space
  • Food, Wine and Agricultural Technology
  • Health and Medical Technology
  • Media and Film
  • Robotics

Applicants must receive support from either the Office of South Australian Chief Entrepreneur or one of the South Australian innovation eco-system providers:

SISA Ineligible Business Types
  • Acupuncture
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Consulting firms
  • Employment agencies
  • Export/import businesses
  • Foot reflexology
  • Franchises
  • Geomancy/fengshui business
  • Herbal dispensing businesses
  • Massage parlours
  • Retail
  • Traditional Chinese medicine


Global Talent – Independent (GTI) program is designed to bring exceptionally talented people and their families to Australia. Five thousand places will be set aside each year under this program and highly skilled professionals can apply for these places using existing migration pathways via Distinguished Talent visa.

The Federal government will invest AUD $12.9 million into this program and will work in partnership with business and industry sectors, state and territory governments and other Commonwealth agencies to identify and invite the best and brightest individuals with entrepreneurial ideas and cutting-edge skills.

Applicants will be eligible for GTI program if they are likely to earn more than the high income threshold, that is currently AUD $153,600, per year in Australia, and if they are highly skilled in the following industry sectors:

  • Agricultural Technology
  • Financial Technology
  • Medical Technology
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Computing
  • Advanced Digital and Data Science

Up to 5,000 places will be available for this program in 2019-2020 financial year and GTIP applications will be fast tracked.

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