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New visa for highly-skilled migrants who will earn over $180,000  

  • Visa offered to make it easier for highly-skilled migrants to come to Australia
  • Global Talent Scheme aims to compete for world’s ‘high-tech skills and talent’
  • Visa allows companies to sponsor migrants for positions paying over $180,000
  • New trial will run 12 months and replace the 457 temporary skilled shortage visa

The federal government will create a new visa which makes it easier for highly-skilled migrants to come to Australia. 

The Global Talent Scheme aims to attract the world’s ‘high-tech skills and talent’ and will allow companies to sponsor migrants for positions paying over $180,000.

‘The Government recognises there is fierce competition globally for high-tech skills and talent, and that attracting these people helps to transfer skills to Australian workers and grow Australian-based businesses,’ a government statement read.

The federal government will create a new visa which makes it easier for highly-skilled migrants to come to Australia (stock)

‘Established businesses with an annual turnover of more than $4m will be able to sponsor highly-skilled and experienced individuals for positions with earnings above $180,000 into Australia.’

The new trial will initially run 12 months and will replace the 457 temporary skilled shortage visa.

‘We will still have control in terms of having to approve each one as they come through,’ Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge told the AFR.

‘It is a pilot because we want to make sure business is fair dinkum in terms of the applications.’ 

The Global Talent Scheme aims to compete for the world's 'high-tech skills and talent' and will allow companies to sponsor migrants for positions paying over $180,000 (stock)

The Global Talent Scheme aims to compete for the world’s ‘high-tech skills and talent’ and will allow companies to sponsor migrants for positions paying over $180,000 (stock)

The visa, for which there will be no set list of occupations, will require migrants to have at least three years relevant experience.

The companies which sponsor applicants will need to show they have tried to hire Australians first.

‘Australians are prioritised for the jobs, but where the skills and experience are not available here, we want to be able to attract talent from overseas,’ Mr Tudge said. 

‘This is part of the ongoing reforms to our skilled visa programs to ensure that Australians have priority for Australian jobs, but acknowledge that there are times when the skills are not available in the country.’

The government will consult further on the details of the scheme over the next few months, before piloting it for one year starting in July.   



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