Launched in November 2019, the Global Talent Independent program (GTI) offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia.
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.
The Government has Global Talent Officers 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.
To express interest for priority processing within the program, a candidate will be highly skilled in one of the seven target sectors and be able to command a salary that meets the high income threshold or be a highly graded recent PhD or Masters Graduates.
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing
- Energy and Mining Technology
- Cyber Security
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
Expected salary threshold
Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AUD148,700. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.
In assessing whether a candidate is likely to have the ability to meet this salary threshold, the Department will consider:
- current salary evidenced through payslips or a contract, or
- future job offers outlining remuneration, or
- recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors.
Before you apply
You must first provide an expression of interest for consideration under the Global Talent program.
A unique identifier will be provided to individuals who meet the program parameters, which provides priority processing for a Distinguished Talent visa application.
Applying for the visa
As part of the application, you will need to be endorsed by a nominator who has a national reputation in the same field as you and is either:
- an eligible Australian citizen, resident
- eligible New Zealand citizen
- an Australian organisation.