Objective 3.2

Ready access to international talent

Action 3.2B

In progress

The Government will promote visas and programs to attract skilled migration to ensure the effectiveness of the initiatives.

Department of Home Affairs

Government response
Related Action/s

Continue the promotion of visas and programs to attract skilled migration to ensure the effectiveness of the initiative.


Progress to date

On 8 August 2019 the Government announced that the Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program pilot would continue to support Australian businesses as an ongoing program to deliver more flexible, future focused visa arrangements that help attract global talent to Australia.

The program provides faster processing and more flexible concessions than the standard visa program. Its key features include access to a permanent residence pathway and the ability to cater for high-skill, niche roles that are not on the skill shortage lists due to their highly specialised nature and cannot be filled through existing visa programs.

On 4 September 2020, the Government announced the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce to lead a whole-of-nation campaign to identify and attract exceptional talent and high-value businesses from around the globe to boost Australia’s pandemic recovery.

In November 2019, the Government launched the Global Talent Independent program which offers a fast-tracked process to permanent residence in Australia for highly skilled migrants at the top of their fields in one of seven selected target industries. The selected target industries was expanded to ten on 17 December 2020. 

The program is designed to attract global talent of the highest calibre, with entrepreneurial ideas and cutting-edge skills within target industry sectors, who can contribute to Australia’s economy by driving innovation and supporting the creation of local jobs.

In late 2020, the Business, Industry and Regional Outreach (BIRO) role was introduced replacing the previous Regional Outreach Officer (ROO) arrangements. The role, similar to the former ROO role, aims to drive proactive efforts to engage with key stakeholders, businesses, employers and industry bodies within their jurisdiction to boost skilled migration, fill employment gaps where Australian workers are not available and support Australia’s post COVID-19 economic recovery. 

The BIROs also have a responsibility to:

  • raise awareness and understanding of the range of regional initiatives - by working in partnership with all levels of government and relevant regional networks
  • visit and engage with regional stakeholders to develop and strengthen partnerships with regional communities and assist them to make the most of regional migration
  • support regional communities and employers to meet their specific skill shortage needs
  • promote Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) and support negotiations with prospective regions interested in establishing a DAMA
  • promote the Global Talent Visa Program and the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce to relevant stakeholders, and
  • provide a local contact point for information on skilled migration initiatives, pathways and processes and provide dedicated support to employers and industry groups.