Background In Tech? – Australia New Talent Program Wants You!

Australia Global talent Independent program (GTIP)

We’ve been writing about the Global Talent Independent Program (or GTIP) since last year when the Australian government announced a 12-month trial of the scheme.

The Scheme has now been made permanent with the Australian government establishing a new permanent migration scheme that will target high-skilled techies in seven “future-focussed fields”.

These fields include cybersecurity, quantum computing and fintech. The new scheme aims to maintain Australia’s competitive edge.

Australian GTIP – Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible under the GTIP, applicants must have work experience in any one of the seven future-focussed fields.

Applicants should also earn more than AUD 149,000 per annum in Australia to be eligible for Permanent Residency.

Australia Global talent Independent program (GTIP) - Cyber Security
Cyber Security Professional will be a target under the new Australia Global talent Independent program (GTIP)

The seven eligible fields under the GTIP is:

  • Cybersecurity
  • AgTech
  • Fintech
  • Space and advanced manufacturing
  • Energy and mining technology
  • Medtech
  • Quantum information/data science/ advanced digital and ICT

Instead of waiting for candidates to apply, it transpires that “Global Talent Officers” from the Dept. of Home Affairs plan will be looking to seek out talented techies. These officers have already been deployed at New Delhi, Washington DC, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Santiago.

David Coleman, the current Australian Immigration Minister has announced that the PR process through the GTIP will only take weeks and not months. However, the standard health, character and security checks will also apply to the GTIP.

How to apply for the GTIP?

Access to the program will be via a referral from either a Global Talent Officer (as mentioned above) or an organisation or an individual with a national reputation in the same field as the candidate.

Highly skilled professionals referred to the Department may be invited to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124 or subclass 858).

The Australian Migration department has made a Global Talent contact form available for this purpose. It’s worth noting however that this form should be used to refer a highly skilled individual at the top of their field to the Global Talent Independent program (to receive a global talent unique identifier), or to lodge a Distinguished Talent visa application through the Global Talent Independent program (you will need a global talent unique identifier).

Can you nominate yourself for the GTIP?

Alas, you can not :(

How efficient this proposed approach be?  Only time will tell. Reading the above, however, given nominations can be made by an individual with a national reputation in the same field as the candidate, it may be time to start working on your Linkedin networks!



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