Australia's got Global Talent!

In brief

This client alert provides an overview of the Global Talent Employer Sponsored program as an option to consider for employers struggling to attract and retain highly skilled overseas workers under Australia's current visa programs. It further provides an overview of recent updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List and COVID-19 vaccination concessions for travel exemption holders.

In more detail

Express Lane for Global Talent Employer Sponsored Visa

The Australian Government's immigration focus has shifted towards attracting skilled workers and businesses under its Global Talent programs.

The Global Talent – Employer Sponsored (GTES) is a new Labour Agreement pathway that is designed to help businesses fill highly-skilled, innovative and cutting-edge positions that cannot be filled from the local labour market and through the existing standard visa programs. Under this Labour Agreement the Department of Home Affairs has the discretion to allow flexibility to the TSS visa and permit a temporary stay period of up to four years with a clear pathway to permanent residency after three years.

Both start-up and established business are able to access the GTES program.

For established businesses to be able to access this program, they must:

  • be accredited sponsors under the current Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visa program.
  • be either publicly listed or have an annual turnover of at least AUD4 million for each of the past 2 years.

Businesses must be able to demonstrate that the nominated positions will create new jobs for Australian citizens and  permanent residents, and/or transfer skills and knowledge to Australian workers. One of the key requirements is that the positions must attract a minimum annual earnings threshold of the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), i.e. $158,500.

An alternative option under the Global Talent program, is the Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa. The GTI provides a pathway to Australian permanent residence if an applicant is highly skilled in a target sector (see below target sectors) and is able to attract a minimum annual earnings of at least the FWHIT level. The application must be supported by a recognised organisation or individual with a national reputation in the same field as the applicant.

On 11 August we will explore how your business can access the Global Talent visa program and the long-term benefits for businesses, particularly if you operate in one of the following target sectors:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

If you have not registered for our webinar, please register today here.

Pharmacists in demand!

On the 27 July 2021 three occupations of Hospital Pharmacist (251511), Industrial Pharmacist (251512) and Retail Pharmacist (251513) were added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List.

This means, that any applications under the PMSOL for Temporary Skills Shortage visa (482 visa), Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) are considered "critical" and are priority processed.

Approved outward travellers eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

Temporary visa holders under 50 years of age who are currently in Australia and have an approved inwards travel exemption for return travel to Australia are eligible to access COVID-19 vaccinations if they obtained a travel exemption on or after 8 June 2021.

For temporary visa holders who are granted travel exemptions prior to 8 June 2021 and have not left Australia are able to resubmit their travel exemption if they wish to get vaccinated before they depart Australia.

The Government have introduced an Vaccine Eligibility Checker which provides information on how to make a vaccination appointment.