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Visas for innovation

Global Talent Independent program (GTI)

On Monday 4 November 2019, the Hon David Coleman MP officially launched the Global Talent - Independent program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia.

Watch the video to find out more.


Global Talent Program video

Throughout our history, immigration has been fundamental to the growth and development of Australia.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that businesses in Australia have access to the best and brightest talent to help grow a stronger economy.

Through the Global Talent Program, Australia is attracting highly skilled and talented people from across the globe who are at the top of their field in growth industries.

The Global Talent Program offers a permanent visa, to live and work anywhere in Australia–with applicants receiving a personalised service to guide them through the process.

For more information about the Global Talent Program visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au and search for Global Talent.

About the program

The program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top future-focused fields to Australia. The program brings the best talent from around the world.

This creates opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating job opportunities. 

We work with Australian universities, industry bodies, and state and territory governments to attract global talent to Australia.

Our Global Talent Officers are located in Berlin, Dubai, New Delhi, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington DC. They work across a number of countries in their region, and attend key industry events and expos to promote the program.

Target sectors

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

Expected salary threshold

The high income threshold is currently AUD148,700. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.

For more information see  Fair Work High Income Threshold

How to apply

Access to the program will be via a referral from either:

  • a Global Talent Officer
  • 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).

Use our Global Talent contact form:

  • 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)